Working on Fire Celebrates 2019 International Firefighters’ Day

6 May, 2019


Being a firefighter is often a thankless job. Firefighters, whether they fight on the ground or from the sky, risk their lives to protect life, limb and property.

On this International Firefighters’ Day, 04 May 2019, Working on Fire recognised the selfless acts of firefighters across the globe, in order to save lives and safeguard property and the environment. We payed tribute to firefighters who have died in the line of duty and also honour current firefighters.

“A special word of thanks to our WOF firefighters – both those finishing up the summer fire season in the Cape, as well as those in the northern provinces busy preparing hard for coming winter fire season. We are tremendously proud of you. Thank you and stay safe.” – Trevor Abrahams, Managing Director for WOF.

At Working on Fire bases and offices across the country, staff took got together on Friday, 03 May 2019, to remember and honour those who lost their lives in the line of duty; celebrate the brave work done by men and women currently in the firefighting industry and pray for the safety of operational personnel during the upcoming winter fire season.



During the 2018/19 financial year, Working Fire’s ground and aerial resources, assisted in suppressing 2,014 wildfires across South Africa, saving millions of hectares of land, countless homes and innocent lives. Many of these fires ran over multiple days, like the devastating fires that occurred in Herold, Betties Bay and the Overstrand, Vermaaklikheid and Leeukop in Cape Town.


Where does IFFD come from?

International Firefighters’ Day is annually observed on 04 May. It was instituted in 1999 after scores of passionate citizens across the world proposed it, following the deaths of five firefighters in tragic circumstances in a wildfire in Australia. The date is historically a traditional Firefighters’ Day in many European countries, because it is the day of Saint Florian – patron saint of firefighters.



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