WOF honours firefighters for their brave and selfless service
On Friday, 04 May, Working on Fire (WOF) joins the global firefighting community in celebrating International Firefighters’ Day.
On this International Firefighters’ Day, Working on Fire wishes to recognise the selfless acts of firefighters across the globe, in order to save lives and safeguard property and the environment. We pay tribute to firefighters who have died in the line of duty and we also honour current firefighters. A special word of thanks to our WOF firefighters who are busy preparing hard for the coming winter fire season.
From 01 April 2017, until the end of March 2018, Working on Fire’s ground and aerial resources, assisted in suppressing 2,231 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 swept through Knysna and George in June 2017.
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. Today, we recognise the personal sacrifice these brave men and women make to help ensure that we are protected from disasters and tragedy.
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
Firefighters, we salute you.
*Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan