International Fire Fighters’ Day 2020
International Fire Fighters’ Day is observed each year on 4 May, the day of Saint Florian, patron saint of fire fighters and is a time where the world’s community can recognise and honour the sacrifices that fire fighters make to ensure that their communities and environment are as safe as possible. It is also a day in which current and past fire fighters can be thanked for their contributions. This year, we will pay a special tribute to the fire fighters around the world who have sadly lost their lives while working on the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic. As there will not be any public gatherings and challenges to commemorate this special day dedicated to fire fighters, we ask that you please share photos and videos with us should your brigade or station hold any ceremonies.
International Fire Fighters’ Day has its origin due to the tragic incident that took place on 2 December 1998 in the Linton Community, Australia, which shook not only this community but also the world. Fire fighters in Linton, Australia, a populated region in Victoria, were fighting a large bush fire and called for mutual aid. This urgent mutual aid call brought the Geelong West Fire Brigade to the scene not knowing the despair and tragedy that was in store. Garry Vredeveldt, Chris Evans, Stuart Davidson, Jason Thomas and Matthew Armstrong all loaded into company’s truck. They were part of a strike team and were being sent to help extinguish the flames. As the five headed into the hot zone, the wind suddenly changed direction, engulfing the truck in flames and killing all five members. This unfortunate incident inspired JJ Edmondson to bring about an international holiday, namely International Fire Fighters Day, to support the lives lost and dedicated fire fighters who risk their lives every day to save life and property.
Fire and Rescue International salutes all fire fighters and first responders for their passion, commitment and dedication to save lives and property. Thank you for your service!
COVID-19 Resources page
We have uploaded more documents to our COVID-19 Resources page, a one-stop-shop for first responders, emergency services and chiefs in order to provide all available information on a single platform and save you the time of searching for documents and links.
New in the folder this week:
CoGTA Risk Adjusted Strategy Regulations Gazetted 29 April 2020
CoGTA Exemption from Municipal Supply Chain Management Regulations, 1 May 2020
DPSA Guidelines: Public Service return to work after the easing of COVID-19 lockdown, 1 May 2020
DoL Occupational health and safety directions, 29 Apr 2020
Quote of the week
““The role of a fire fighter in today’s society – be it urban, rural, natural environment, volunteer, career, industrial, defence force, aviation, motor sport or other is one of dedication, commitment and sacrifice – no matter what country we reside and work in. In the fire service we fight together against one common enemy – fire – no matter what country we come from, what uniform we wear or what language we speak.” ~ Lt JJ Edmondson, 1999
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