The main objective of International Firefighters Day is to honor and thank the firefighters who put their lives at risk to save the lives of people and wildlife from fire. Many firefighters also die in this adventure.
History of International Firefighters Day
It was first celebrated in 1999. When there was a fire in the bushes of Linton in Victoria, Australia. Five members of the team that went to extinguish this fire were scorched to death due to wind blowing in the opposite direction. Although, earlier the Meteorological Department had not predicted any wind blowing in the opposite direction, but due to the sudden change of wind direction, all the five firefighters got trapped in the fire. International Firefighters Day is celebrated every year on 4 May in honor of his death.
At the same time, the main reason behind celebrating this day is Saint Florin, who died on May 4. He was a saint and a firefighter. It is said about him that once there was a fire in his village, in which case he extinguished the fire with only one bucket of water. After this, every year on May 4, this day was celebrated in Europe.
How is International Firefighters Day celebrated?
The symbol of International Firefighters Day is a two-coloured ribbon, red for fire and blue for water. On this day in Europe, fire brigade sirens are played for 30 seconds at noon. After this, silence is observed for a minute, in which respect and thanks are given to the firefighters.
When does India celebrates this day?
At the same time, if we talk about India, then Firefighter Service Day is celebrated here on 14 April. In fact, in 1944, 66 soldiers were killed in a fire on the cargo ship Fortstiken. After this, Firefighter Service Day is celebrated every year in India on 14 April in his honor.