I wish all our firefighters a happy International Firefighters’ Day/Whakanuia Ngā Kaipatuahi.

Each year on 4 May, people around the world collectively recognise and honour the work that firefighters do to keep their communities and environment safe. It’s an opportunity for us to thank current firefighters as well as remember those who have previously served or lost their lives in the line of duty.

Over the years the role of the firefighter has evolved and while our firefighters continue to work hard to protect life and property from fire, they also respond to a wide variety of incidents including motor vehicle accidents, medical emergencies, technical rescues, dealing with hazardous substances, severe weather events and natural disasters.

When our firefighters aren’t responding to incidents, they work with communities to reduce the risk of fires and help them prepare for when emergencies do occur. When a fire or natural disaster does take place, our people are there to help people get back on their feet as quickly as possible. They are relied on to be there whenever our communities need them the most and have earned great trust and respect for their commitment to protecting and serving others.

On behalf of the Board, and New Zealand, to all our firefighters – and everyone who supports them – thank you for all you do to keep Aotearoa safe. We are proud to have such dedicated and hard-working people representing Fire and Emergency in our communities.

Me he toka tū moana.

Like a rock in the ocean - steadfast, strong, reliable, resilient, always there despite the continual pounding of the elements.

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