The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) 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—on International Firefighters’ Day, Tuesday, May 4.

“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 than in their response to COVID-19.” 

Here are some ways people can help the foundation celebrate International Firefighters’ Day.

Shine Your Light for Firefighters

The NFFF is asking the public to light their homes in “red” on May 4 to celebrate International Firefighters’ Day. Families can share their story on social media using #Shine4Firefighters. If people need “red” light bulbs, please support the NFFF and buy online using its Amazon Associates link.

Share a Thank You

A simple act of kindness is sometimes all it takes to brighten someone’s day and let them know that they matter. For creative and compassionate kids (and adults) who want to let firefighters know that they are grateful for everything firefighters do, the foundation invites people to draw, color and share their thank you with the NFFF by emailing a photo of the artwork to photos@firehero.org and posting on social media with the hashtag #WeThankFFs.

The foundation will share the works of art on its website and social media on May 4 to raise spirits and celebrate firefighters everywhere.

This is My Firefighter

Firefighters play a special role in communities across the country; this is a way to honor firefighters who have played a special role in someone’s life. The foundation would be honored if the Fire Hero Family community would share a photo of their firefighters. Post a picture on social media platforms of a firefighter who is important to you with the hashtag #ThisIsMyFirefighter.

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: honor and remember America’s fallen firefighters, assist their families in rebuilding their lives, and prevent firefighter line-of-duty injuries and deaths.

For more information about International Firefighters’ Day, visit the website at firehero.org.