History of International Firefighters Day
On December 2, 1998, there was a wildfire near Linton in Victoria, Australia. Of the several firefighters that responded to the call, a rig with five firefighters were engulfed as the winds changed. Firefighters Garry Vredeveldt, Chris Evans, Stuart Davidson, Jason Thomas, and Matthew Armstrong all died as a result.
JJ Edmondson, a volunteer Lieutenant and firefighter in Victoria, Australia, made it her New Years Resolution to create a day internationally to celebrate and thank all firefighters around the world. After discussing with firefighters around the world, it was determined that May 4th would become International Firefighters Day (IFFD). May 4th is also St. Florean Day, who was the patron saint of firefighters.