It was instituted after proposal emailed out across the world on January 4, 1999 due to the deaths of five firefighters in tragic circumstances in a wildfire in Australia.
May 4 used to be a traditional Firefighters’ Day in many European countries, because it is the day of Saint Florian, patron saint of firefighters.
Sometimes that dedication is in the form of countless hours volunteered over many years, in others it is many selfless years working in the industry. In all cases it risks the ultimate sacrifice of a firefighter’s life.
International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD) is a time where the world’s community can recognize and honour the sacrifices that firefighters make to ensure that their communities and environment are as safe as possible.
It is also a day in which current and past firefighters can be thanked for their contributions.
International Firefighters’ Day are invited to remember the past firefighters who have died while serving our community or dedicated their lives to protecting the safety of us all.
By proudly wearing and displaying blue and red ribbons pinned together or by participating in a memorial or recognition event, show our gratitude to firefighters everywhere.
The IFFD ribbons are linked to colours symbolic of the main elements firefighters work with red for fire and blue for water. These colours also are internationally recognized as representing emergency service.