International Firefighters Day
Every year on May 4, the entire world commemorates firefighters. The world’s community recognizes the countless sacrifices firefighters make to ensure their communities and environments are as safe as possible. The IFFD symbol is a red-blue ribbon. According to the International Firefighters' Day website, The IFFD ribbons are symbolic of the elements firefighters work with – red for fire and blue for water. These colors are also internationally recognized as the symbol for emergency service.
In honor of these unsung heroes, AA Lares Insurance Services brought some baked goods to the local fire station near the Circle of Orange. We luckily had a chance to speak with two firemen (James and Brad) and learned about their work and what they do in their spare time. When James and Brad aren’t responding to fires, accidents, chemical spills, water rescues, or other incidents where life and property are at risk, they continue to educate themselves in areas such as public health, medical emergency operations, and tactical casualty care.
When asked if there was one thing they wanted the public to know, they said, “Pull over to the right.” When driving, please pull to the right and allow emergency vehicles with the siren activated to pass. There is a reason for this. Firefighters must drive to the left. Maneuvering a vehicle in a direction other than toward the right curb causes the driver to slow down and delays the response time of the firefighters. This can be the extra time needed to save one’s life.
Fire departments offer countless services to the public and deserve to be recognized frequently. Bringing a few desserts is the least we can do to pay our respects to the courageous men and women. We are truly grateful for everything our firefighters do for the local community. Thank you James, Brad and the City of Orange Fire Department! God Bless America!