City of Tshwane Emergency Services Department commemorates International Fire Fighters’ Day with a heroes parade
The City of Tshwane Emergency Services Department recently commemorated International Fire Fighters’ Day, which was observed on 4 May 2023, with a parade from the Bosman Street Fire Station to Church Square in Pretoria. “Although the event was not publicly announced, we want to express our gratitude to all fire fighters for their selfless dedication and commitment to keeping our communities safe. International Fire Fighters’ Day is observed throughout the world each year on 4 May to honour and remember fire fighters who died in the line of duty while trying to save the lives of others and to show support and appreciation to fire fighters worldwide who continue to serve and protect communities throughout the year,” said Alderman Grandi Theunissen, City of Tshwane Community Safety.
The parade, which was organised by the City of Tshwane Emergency Services Department, received a positive response from members of the public who came out in droves to show their support and appreciation for the fire fighters.
“The parade was a testament to the bravery and unwavering commitment of our fire fighters who put their lives on the line daily to save lives and protect property.”
At Church Square, the acting Chief of Emergency Services, Mr Mosia and I addressed the parade and recognised the hard work and dedication of our fire fighters. Acting Chief Mosia also delivered a speech on the importance of the work done by our fire fighters and quoted the following line from the Fireman’s Prayer (author unknown): “I have no ambition in this world but one and that is to be a Fireman. The position may in the eyes of some appear to be a lowly one but to us who know, this is a ‘Noble Calling’.”
These words were echoed by all the fire fighters in attendance, reaffirming their commitment to their duty.
“Once again, I would like to express my gratitude to our fire fighters for their service and for the incredible work they do each day to keep our communities safe, especially considering the challenges facing the City. The overwhelming response from the public is a testament to the vital role that fire fighters play in our communities.”
Sources: Alderman Grandi Theunissen, Community Safety, City of Tshwane and Charles Mabaso, deputy chief: public information and liaison officer, City of Tshwane Emergency Services
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