LEFPA Manager, Andre Scheepers opened the Lowveld 2019 winter fire season at the Nelspruit Methodist Church on Sunday, May 5th, and they received blessings from the congregation as they celebrated International Fire-Fighter Day.
International Fire-fighters’ Day is observed each year on May 4TH. International Fire-fighters’ Day (IFFD) is a time where the world’s community can recognise and honour the sacrifices that fire-fighters make to ensure that their communities and environment are as safe as possible. It is also a day in which current and past fire-fighters can be thanked for their contributions.
Urban/ rural/ volunteers/ industrial/ aviation/ municipal officials/City of Mbombela Fire Rescue/ KMIA/ MPU Working on Fire/ ORRU/ PDMC/ SAPS/ Hi-Tech Ambulance Service/ Kanyiilanga Forestry/ FPA members and Officials and most important, all the wildland and structural fire-fighters, were welcomed by Andre.
City of Mbombela Fire and Rescue official, Mr Petrus Mthiyane, gave the keynote address and he quoted from Lt JJ Edmondson, 1999, “The role of fire-fighters in today’s society”.
“Fire-fighters dedicate their lives to the protection of life and property. Sometimes, that dedication is in the form of countless hours volunteered over many years, in others, it is many selfless years working in the industry. In all cases, it risks the ultimate sacrifice of a fire-fighter’s life.
By proudly wearing and displaying blue and red ribbons pinned together or by participating in a memorial or recognition event, we can show our gratitude to fire-fighters everywhere.
The IFFD ribbons are linked to colours symbolic of the main elements fire-fighters work with – red for fire and blue for water. These colours also are internationally recognised as representing emergency service.”
The fire trucks sounded their sirens for 30 seconds in remembrance of the fallen heroes. Reverent Allen Booth closed the parade with a Communion service and scripture reading from John 21 “Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish”
LEFPA Management thanks all for there dedication and attendance.