Today is International Firefighter’s Day. The day is a great opportunity to salute the brave firefighters across the world who risk their lives their lives to save people. Every year International Firefighter’s Day is celebrated on 4th May. ”My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place – police, firefighters and members of our armed forces,” popular author Sidney Sheldon had said. Here is all you need to know about International Firefighter’s Day.
International Firefighter’s Day: Know the background
International Firefighter’s Day started being marked after a horrific fire incident at the Linton Community, a densely populated place in Australia, on December 2, 1998. Five firefighters – Garry Vredeveldt, Chris Evans, Stuart Davidson, Jason Thomas, and Matthew Armstrong – died battling a devasting fire.
All the five firefighters, part of a strike team, rushed in to attend an SOS. Part of the Geelong West Fire Brigade, the men moved in with equipment when a sudden strong gale changed direction and the raging fire engulged the firefighting vehicle instantly killing all five men.