International Firefighters' Day 2021

Fire and Emergency New Zealand

International Firefighters' Day 2021

This International Firefighters’ Day, marked on 4 May, we’re celebrating the great work our firefighters do to keep their communities safe 24/7, 365 days a year.

Our firefighters do so much more than fight fires these days. They respond to a wide variety of emergencies including motor vehicle accidents, medical emergencies, and dealing with hazardous substances, severe weather events and natural disasters. They also work with their communities to help them prepare for, respond to and recover well from emergencies.

So here’s to our firefighters! You can read more about the great work some of our people do below.

Barbara Olah
Seeing bushfires in Melbourne left Barbara feeling helpless, so she made a career switch so she could make a difference. Read more...

Barry Madgwick
Barry has made lifelong friends as a firefighter. He began as a volunteer firefighter for 10 years, and has now been a career firefighter for 20 years. Read more...

Barry Thomas
With 18 years' experience behind him, Barry has worked in a small provincial brigade and the country’s busiest fire station, and plenty in between.  Read more...

Brenda Davis
Rural Crew Leader Brenda’s uncle and cousin were a part of their local brigade growing up. Now she sees her very own crew as another family. Read more...

Richie Bee
Becoming a firefighter has been a dream of Richie’s since he was a young – he’s now spent most of his adult life as a volunteer firefighter in Lincoln. Read more...

Sapphire Cavie
Sapphire grew up in a Māori whanau, and always loved having people around. When she moved towns, she joined the local brigade to help build new connections. Read more...

Scott Randall
Helping the community is hands down Scott’s favourite part about being a volunteer and the reason he signed up as a volunteer firefighter 18 years ago. Read more...

 

Tash Hill
A member of not one but two volunteer brigades, Tash says her first three years of being a firefighter have been the best years of her life so far. Read more...

Tracy Rhodes
Tracy started out as a “fire brigade kid” with her Dad volunteering at the local station. She joined up at age 17 and has now been a firefighter for 30 years. Read more...

Anna Gordon
At age 15 Anna vouched that she would become a firefighter after she was saved by her local volunteer firefighters – she's now served more than a decade. Read more ...

Ed Dance
Ed began as a firefighter back in England. He’s now the Deputy Controller of the Darfield Rural Fire Force, and his two daughters have now joined the ranks too. Read more ...

 

Nyge Rimmer
Nyge thought he wasn't "big" enough to become a firefighter, and that his day job would be too restrictive. He joined his local brigade and was proved wrong. Read more ...