History Of International Firefighters Day
International Firefighters Day is celebrated to honor the real life great heroes of our society who risk their lives every day to save the society from disaster. The day is celebrated every year on 4th May to honor those firefighters.
International Firefighters Day began in 1999 when five firefighters lost their lives in a wildfire in Australia, and the day began to be celebrated in their honor. The fire started in early January 1999 and continued to spread for over a month. This fire had destroyed more than 50 lakh hectares of land and about 21000 houses. Apart from 5 firefighters and 4 other people, countless wild animals died in this fire.
The cause of this fire is believed to be an electric spark. It was so terrible that it could be seen even from this space.
Water was also dropped from helicopters and planes to control the fire. Australia saw one of the most devastating wildfires in 1999.
The fire spread to New South Wales, Victoria, Australia’s most populous state.
Firefighters are essential emergency responders. They work tirelessly to protect communities from fires, natural disasters. On this day firefighters work to promote awareness about the dangers of fire. On this day people show their support by participating in events to honor the bravery and service of firefighters. Many people also donate to firefighting charities. The fire spread to New South Wales, Victoria, Australia’s most populous state.