Light the town red to support hometown heroes in commemoration of International Firefighters’ Day on Tuesday, May 4.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is asking residents, communities, businesses and fire departments from coast to coast to celebrate firefighters — the special men and women who respond to calls for help every day, with pride and compassion.
How can you support our firefighter friends?
Change the lightbulb on your front porch, or change the color filter shining on your business, to highlight the great work firefighters do every day.
“Join us in thanking firefighters for their service as they work the front lines of these troubling times,” said Chief Ron Siarnicki, Executive Director of the NFFF. “Our communities have been made stronger by the dedication of firefighters and nowhere is it more evident in their response to COVID-19.”
International Firefighters’ Day was established in 1999 to honor the lives of five firefighters who died in a wildfire in Victoria, Australia, and to recognize the service and sacrifice that firefighters around the world make daily. This day of recognition is at the core of what the NFFF does: to honor and remember America’s fallen firefighters, to assist their families in rebuilding their lives, and to prevent firefighter line-of-duty injuries and deaths.
Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to honor America’s fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the non-profit Foundation has developed and expanded programs that fulfill that mandate. The mission is to honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes, provide resources to assist their families in rebuilding their lives and work within the fire service community to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries.