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INTERNATIONAL FIREFIGHTERS’ DAY: 04 MAY

INTERNATIONAL FIREFIGHTERS’ DAY: 04 MAY

Context

International Firefighters' Day is observed each year on 4th May.

Details

  • International FireFighters Day (IIFD) came into existence on December 2, 1998.
  • Its symbol : A piece of red and a piece of blue ribbon pinned together at the top (blue over red).
  • It was created in 1999 after 5 firefighters died during a wildfire in Australia on the 2nd of December, 1998.
  • It is celebrated on Saint Florian’s day.
  • St Florian was the first known commander of one firefighting squad in the Roman Empire.
  • He was born in Austria in the 4th century about 250 A.D. in Cetium (now in Austria).

About Roman Empire

  • It was founded when Augustus Caesar proclaimed himself the first emperor of Rome in 31BC.
  • It came to an end with the fall of Constantinople in 1453CE.
  • It included large territories around the Mediterranean Sea in Europe, Northern Africa, and Western Asia ruled by emperors.

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