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MFB celebrates International Firefighters Day

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03 May 2019
The diverse skills and expertise of firefighters will be celebrated today as part of International Firefighter’s Day.

Saturday 4 May marks St Florian’s Day, the patron saint of firefighters who was the first known commander of a firefighting squad in the Roman Empire. The date chosen for International Firefighters’ Day is linked to this historic day, and sees people around the world pause to celebrate the role and also to reflect on the sacrifice made by those firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty.  

This year, MFB is commemorating the occasion a day early with an interactive community display featuring some of its specialist teams at the organisation’s Burnley Complex.

The event will include demonstrations of MFB’s range of specialist skills, including high angle rescue, remote piloted aircraft systems (drones) and emergency medical response.

Chief Officer Dan Stephens said MFB firefighters had a long and proud history of protecting the Victorian community.

“Last year, MFB responded to more than 39,000 emergency call outs, which was the highest figure in a decade. 

“When the community calls on us, our firefighters are there to respond, day in and day out.

“Today, we celebrate the achievements of firefighters, not only at MFB but within our state, nationally and internationally.

“We also pay our respects and reflect on those who didn’t return home to their loved ones and pause to remember the fallen firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.”

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