Firefighters recognized worldwide
by Elane Jones
May 04, 2013 | 1130 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
International Firefighters’ Day is observed each year on May 4. On this date individuals are asked to remember the past firefighters who have died while serving our community or dedicated their lives to protecting the safety of us all. At the same time, citizens can show thier support and appreciation to firefighters worldwide who continue to protect.

Firefighters dedicate their lives to the protection of life and property. Sometimes that dedication is in the form of countless hours spent helping someone they’ve never met and may never meet again or just as simple as comforting words to family members who have just lost a loved one.

For some it is many selfless years working in the fire service and then the ultimate sacrifice of a firefighter’s life.

“I want to give a special thank you to the members of the Jasper Fire Department for their dedication to the City of Jasper and it’s citizens. Too many times their all night structure fires and late night, early morning calls go unrecognized while most families are sleeping sound and safe in the comforts of their home,” said David Clark, the acting chief for the Jasper Fire Department. “I also want to give a special thank you to the family members of the Jasper firefighters for their support and their countless hours spent away from their loved one while he/she protects our city.”

International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD) is a time when the community can recognize and honor the sacrifices firefighters make to ensure their cities, 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.

By proudly wearing and displaying blue and red ribbons pinned together, citizens can show their gratitude to firefighters everywhere.

The IFFD ribbons are linked to colors symbolic of the main elements firefighters work with — red for fire and blue for water. These colors also are internationally recognized as representing emergency service.

Each year, the first Sunday in May at noon fire departments everywhere stop to reflect on the sacrifices made by firefighters. Fire sirens will sound for 30 seconds followed by a minute of silence in memory of, and respect for, all firefighters who have been lost in the line of duty or passed on before us.