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Red for International Firefighters’ Day

Niagara Falls and CN Tower To Be Lit Up in Red for International Firefighters’ Day

On May 4th, International Firefighters’ Day and in honour of the world’s firefighters, Niagara Falls will be transformed into an incredible, red colored water and light masterpiece on both sides of the American Canadian border -- and the CN Tower Toronto will be illuminated in red rotating every half hour in honour of the occasion.

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“All Canadians are deeply grateful to the brave women and men who put their lives on the line every day for the protection of life and property,” said David Sheen, president of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. “An illuminated Niagara Falls, a wonder of the world shared by Americans and Canadians alike, will serve to recognize our brothers and sisters on both sides of the border who dedicate their service, whether they are full-time, volunteer, military, wild land, or industrial firefighters. In all cases, these individuals risk the ultimate sacrifice of a firefighter’s life.”

International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD) is a time where the world recognizes and honours 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 are acknowledged for their contributions. International Firefighters’ Day is observed each year on the 4th of May.

“On this date, we call on citizens in North America to remember all firefighters who paid the ultimate price to protect their communities,” said Troy Markel, Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in the United States.. “They served with great honour, and their bravery will not be forgotten. I hope we can all show our support and appreciation to the firefighters worldwide who continue to protect us so well throughout the year.”

The Falls will be illuminated red between 10:00 and 10:15 p.m. that evening. The two sister organizations are very pleased to have jointly made this significant recognition a reality.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation extend their sincere gratitude for the red illuminations provided courtesy of The Niagara Falls Illumination Board and the CN Tower.

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About the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to honor America’s fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the non-profit Foundation has developed and expanded programs that fulfill that mandate. Our mission is to honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes, provide resources to assist their families in rebuilding their lives, and work within the fire service community to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries.


About the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation

The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation is a registered, non-profit charitable organization dedicated to honouring Canada’s fallen firefighters. The Foundation honours all types of firefighters whether volunteer/part-time, paid/full time, industrial, military, urban, rural, wildland, airport, or marine. The Foundation’s directors, who volunteer their time, include members from all areas of the Canadian Fire Service as well as representatives from the business community.



Tuesday, May 4, 2021

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