The History Behind International Firefighters Day May 4

Every year we celebrate International Firefighters Day to remember our fallen brothers and sisters who have given the ultimate sacrifice to protect those who we serve. The history behind this important day dates back to 1999 during a bushfire at Linton in Victoria, Australia when 5 firefighters tragically died while fighting this fire during a rescue mission. This urgent mutual aid call brought the Geelong West Fire Brigade to the scene, not knowing the despair and tragedy that was in store. Garry Vredeveldt, Chris Evans, Stuart Davidson, Jason Thomas, and Matthew Armstrong all loaded into company’s truck. They were part of a strike team and were being sent to help extinguish the flames. As

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