The fourth of May is International Firefighters’ Day.
Dedicated to the Protection of Life
Firefighters throughout the world dedicate their lives to the protection of life. That dedication comes in the form of countless hours and sometimes many years of selfless service. All the time risking the ultimate sacrifice of a firefighter’s life.
By remembering International Firefighters’ Day, we can recognise and give thanks for the sacrifices that firefighters make. And the work they do to ensure that communities and people are as safe as possible.
It is also a day in which current and past firefighters can be thanked for their contributions. As well as remembering past firefighters who have died while serving and protecting the safety of us all.
Many of the users of My Shift Planner work in fire services throughout the world. So, we dedicate our thoughts and thanks to them on 4th May.
Resources for Firefighters
We’ve searched the web to find some useful resources, training regimes and health tips firefighters use everyday. There’s plenty for us to learn from those who have to be in the best condition on every shift they work.
When it comes to physical fitness, firefighters lead the way. With a need to work in heavy equipment in the most hostile of environments fitness is vital.
The Fireservice.co.uk has lots of information about becoming a firefighter in the UK, including recruitment requirements – http://www.fireservice.co.uk/recruitment/physical/
But it also has some fantastic exercise regimes for firefighters to follow – http://www.fireservice.co.uk/fitness/training/
We think these are great, even if you’re not a firefighter.
Around the web there are plenty of hints on healthy eating. If you’re active for short periods and then inactive for long periods on shift, it’s vital not to eat the wrong foods. It’s also important not to graze on unhealthy snacks – something many shift workers know about all too well.
https://breakingmuscle.com/learn/the-best-diet-for-firefighters-and-police is a great post with some good advice.
Also check out:
Both have some excellent advice for all of us.
Support your local Firefighters
Finally, the one thing all firefighters need is the support of the members of the public. Here are some great charities around the world that support firefighters.
In the UK check out – https://www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/Donate?gclid=CO6-wIim0dMCFYY_GwodE1wBmQ
In the US – https://www.firehero.org supports the families of firefighters who have died in service.
Down under, Australia http://www.firecharity.org.au
And in New Zealand the New Zealand Firefighters Charitable Trust do excellent work and always welcome support.
Here’s to all firefighters – we salute you!