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    Firefighters worldwide are recognised for their bravery, their dedication and, unfortunately too often, for their selfless sacrifices. Yet even now there is no formally recognised day by the United Nations to mark their contributions.

    Below is a list detailing the recognised United Nations international days:

    UN Annual Days and Weeks
    21 February - International Mother Language Day
    8 March - United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace
    21 March - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
    Beginning 21 March - Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination
    22 March - World Day for Water
    23 March - World Meteorological Day
    7 April - World Health Day
    23 April - World Book and Copyright Day
    3 May - World Press Freedom Day
    15 May - International Day of Families
    17 May - World Telecommunication Day
    22 May - International Day for Biological Diversity
    Beginning 25 May - Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories
    31 May - World No-Tobacco Day
    4 June - International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
    5 June - World Environment Day
    17 June - World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
    20 June - World Refugee Day
    26 June - International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
    26 June - International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
    First Saturday of July - International Day of Cooperatives
    11 July - World Population Day
    9 August - International Day of the World's Indigenous People
    12 August - International Youth Day
    23 August - International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition
    September (opening day of General Assembly) - International Day of Peace
    8 September - International Literacy Day
    16 September - International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
    Last week in September - World Maritime Day
    1 October - International Day of Older Persons
    First Monday of October - World Habitat Day
    4-10 October - World Space Week
    5 October - World Teachers' Day
    9 October - World Post Day
    10 October - World Mental Health Day
    Second Wednesday of October - International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction
    16 October - World Food Day
    17 October - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
    24 October - United Nations Day
    24 October - World Development Information Day
    24-30 October - Disarmament Week
    16 November - International Day for Tolerance
    20 November - Africa Industrialization Day
    20 November - Universal Children's Day
    21 November - World Television Day
    25 November - International Day for the Elimination of Violenceagainst Women
    29 November - International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
    1 December - World AIDS Day
    2 December - International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
    3 December - International Day of Disabled Persons
    5 December - International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
    7 December - International Civil Aviation Day
    10 December - Human Rights Day
    18 December - International Migrants Day

    Whilst I agree that most of these days are very worthwhile, I admit I am puzzled by the lack of any day recognising the work of emergency services personnel. This is why I am trying to promote an International Firefighters' Day. Please visit the IFFD website and read all about the proposed day and symbol: http://www.futureweb.com.au/edmondson If you have any ideas on how fire departments and communities could help recognise this day please pass them on either here or via my guestbook. Even better if you are willing to co-ordinate activities in your area please put your details on the 'world events' map.

    Please help and spread the word. Through word of mouth this day is nearing reality with Australia investigating declaring a National Firefighters' Day.

    TC&SS

    JJ


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    Lt JJ Edmondson
    Clyde Cardinia Fire Brigade
    Victoria, AUSTRALIA


    I walk where the fire dances

    International Firefighters' Day:
    http://www.futureweb.com.au/edmondson

    [This message has been edited by FireBabe (edited 03-25-2001).]

  • #2
    Most Fire, Police and EMS personnel do not do this job to get recognition, Atleast I hope not anyway.

    Glen B.
    FFII/EMT

    [This message has been edited by RescueCoFireman (edited 03-21-2001).]

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    • #3
      If I'm not mistaken(and I might be) hasn't the Federal Gov set apart the weekend of the Fallen Firefighter Memorial in October for such a purpose? If so, it's up yo us to spread the word.

      Jeff

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      • #4
        If you need some internationalist, America-loathing organization to pat you on the back for being a firefighter, then you're in the wrong business. Maybe you should instead consider becoming a racist as a vocation - the UN loooves to honor them.

        Stop putting on the frickin' victim mask. It's unbecoming for firefighters.

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        J. Black

        The opinions expressed are mine and mine alone and may not reflect those of any organization with which I am associated.

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        • #5
          Who wants to be honored by the UN? They honor just about anything and anyone....I know personally I did not get into this to be honored and congratulated...especially by the UN!

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          • #6
            I tend to agree with the SENTIMENTS of BucksEng91 and FireRebel. The less I have to deal with the United Nations and the less they "do for me" the better I like it. If my local, state or federal government chooses to honor our fallen, that is an entirely different matter and would truly be an honor.
            Anyway, that's my opinion, for whatever it's worth.

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            Be Safe
            Dan

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            • #7
              RescueCoFireman,
              I don't thing anyone's doing this for themselves. I think the purpose here is to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, at least that's how I read it.

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              • #8
                Prince George's County Maryland already has Firefighter Appreciation Day (I wonder when they'll change it to Emergency Response Technician Appreciation Day). It is the Friday after Thanksgiving. On that day, the poor souls who are responsible for protecting the citizenry of PG County during the weekday, are relieved from duty; the poor souls who are responsible for protecting the citizenry on weekends and at night are called upon to staff the stations.

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                • #9
                  It really doesn't matter to me what if the UN recognizes us or not.

                  We, in the emergency services know what we do and the risks that are involved with it. I think all of us got in to "the business" because we want to help others, not to get recognition from a world organization.

                  I believe that recognition from our peers (that is, ALL firefighters) is enough... It is for me, anyhow.



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                  AAD
                  Eng. Co. 9
                  RFD

                  "In all of us there are heroes... speak to them and they will come forth."

                  "In order for us to achieve all that is demanded of us, we must regard ourselves as greater than we are."

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                  • #10
                    In FireBabe's defense, she is an Aussie and I don't think the rest of the world loathes the UN the way we do here in the US. Probably because they don't invest the billions of dollars that we do and reap zero benefits. FireBabe's goal, if I understand it correctly, is to have a day where all firefighters around the globe can remember their fallen comrades together. In this internet age, I don't feel that's asking too much. To someone outside the US, the UN would seem like a perfectly sound choice of organizations to spread the word and support such an initiative. Here in the US, we know that we're the center of the universe and we don't give a flying f . . . what the UN thinks, says, or does.

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                    • #11
                      I have to agree with everyone else. If I wanted to be recognized for my job I wouldn't be a firefighter. Nice idea, but not something I'd support.

                      Just my option though.

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                      • #12
                        WATER DAY what is that?

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                        • #13
                          Just take a quick look at the kinds of things the UN celebrates. No self-respecting firefighter would want to be caught dead in that company.

                          We have local firefighter appreciation events, we have a National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. That's good enough for me. The last thing I want is a little pat on the head from some tinpot dictator who calls the US "barbaric" and "racist" while he's rounding up and slaughtering his political enemies, and anyone not in his ancestral tribe.

                          Maybe it is just the US' attitude toward the UN, but I just can't fathom how ANYONE could look at that miserable, racist organization and see anything good.

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                          J. Black

                          The opinions expressed are mine and mine alone and may not reflect those of any organization with which I am associated.

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                          • #14
                            The U.N. seems to endorse a bunch of politically correct BS and I'm glad not to be included in the mix.
                            Although I'm sure the motivations of the Aussie were for the well being and promotion of the fire service, I'd rather be as far from the batch of crap as I can get.
                            The U.N. hasn't accomplished much in the world, but add another layer of bureacratic incompitence.
                            Just my $0.02......in American currency.

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                            • #15
                              In english.

                              The idea of FireBebe is good but dificil to be fulfilled. In Mexico we have a national day of the fireman (22 of August), where one remembers all the companions died in service. Serious dificil to put according to everybody in a date, but could be tried.

                              Zapopan Jalisco Mexico.

                              En español.

                              La idea de FireBebe es buena pero dificil de cumplirse. En México tenemos un dia nacional del bombero (22 de Agosto), donde se recuerda a todos los compañeros muertos en servicio.

                              Seria dificil poner de acuerdo a todo el mundo en una fecha, pero podría intentarse.

                              Zapopan Jalisco Mexico.

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