Thanking firefighters for their bravery
Fire and Emergency New Zealand has released a video celebrating their people on International Firefighters’ Day.
"This video is about showing that New Zealanders celebrate and acknowledge the important work our firefighters and the people who support them do,” says Fire and Emergency CEO Rhys Jones.
The video shares messages of thanks to firefighters from people around New Zealand.
"It’s a difficult and dangerous job, but every one of our 1800 career and 12,000 volunteer firefighters are committed to serving and protecting New Zealand communities. And they do a great job.”
Rhys says today is a chance to publicly thank firefighters for their bravery and commitment attending medical emergencies, motor vehicle accidents, and weather and hazardous substances incidents, as well as fires.
They respond to around 80,000 incidents a year, he says.
"Through our nation’s COVID-19 response, our firefighters have continued to provide their essential service to people in need.
"For many firefighters, their important role also brings with it missed meals, sleep and family commitments. So we also acknowledge their families and whanau for their support, which allows them to be available to serve New Zealander 24/7, 365 days every year.
"We thank them all for the work they do."
Rhys says if you know a firefighter, please take this opportunity to send them a message and say thanks.