Shine Your Light to Recognize and Honor the Sacrifices of Firefighters

International Firefighters’ Day is May 4

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Celebrates International Firefighters Day

Firefighters dedicate their lives to the protection of life and property. Sometimes that dedication is in the form of countless hours volunteered over many years, in others it is many selfless years working in the industry. In all cases, it risks the ultimate sacrifice of a firefighter’s life.

International Firefighters’ Day -- each year on May 4 -- is a time where the world’s community can recognize and honor the sacrifices that firefighters make to ensure that their communities and environment are as safe as possible. It is also a day in which current and past firefighters can be thanked for their contributions.

In commemoration of International Firefighters' Day, America's Charities and its member National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) ask you to celebrate firefighters by lighting your home in red on May 4 – 5, 2020. The NFFF's mission is to honor and remember America's fallen fire heroes, to provide resources to assist their families in rebuilding their lives, and to work within the fire service community to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries.

It’s Easy to Shine Your Light – 3 Steps to Show Your Support

Shine Your Light this International Firefighters' Day, May 4-5

1. Plan Your Light Tribute

We invite you to Shine Your Light for Firefighters on May 4 – 5, 2020. If you need one, please buy red bulbs online using NFFF's Amazon Associates linkYour purchase through their Amazon Associates program will benefit the programs of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to honor America’s fallen heroes, assist their families, and prevent firefighter deaths and injuries.

2. Sign Up to Participate

NFFF wants to recognize you on their website; them know about your Shine Your Light for Firefighters tribute using the sign-up form on this page

3. Share Your Tribute

Share the event with your friends and family on your social media. On May 4, post a photo or video, tag the NFFF, and use #ShineYourLight4Firefighters.

Honor the Men and Women Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

In recognition of International Firefighters’ Day National Firefighters, we encourage you to donate to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation here or through your workplace giving program to honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their communities and neighbors. 

One of the most cost-efficient ways you can support nonprofits is to donate to them via payroll deduction through your employer's workplace giving program. As the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s workplace giving partner, America’s Charities can help your company implement a program centered on supporting their work - through workplace giving campaigns, employee fundraising, matching gifts, and other employee engagement and philanthropic initiatives. Don't have a program? Click here to have your employer contact our team to get started.

Help Keep Our Firefighters On the Front Lines of COVID-19 Safe 

The nation’s fire service is turning to you for help. There’s a lot you can do to make it safer for firefighters. And many of these same actions will help prevent harm to others on the front lines of the coronavirus battle, like police officers, nurses, and doctors.

Learn how you can help: