RAWALPINDI – Acting President Fire and Safety Association Pakistan Ghulam Muhammad Naz said that International Fire Fighters Day was a day marked to pay respect to the living rescuers and fire fighter whereas to pay homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives while protecting and rescuing their fellow human beings during the emergencies and disasters.

“We have all the praise for the tremendous sacrifices offered by all those brave fire fighters who could never be deterred by the blazing fire and disasters from time to time. Fire prevention and the need for more intensive and thorough training is one of the main aspects of International Fire Fighters Day,” he said, adding that fire fighters and their agencies around the world were constantly stressing fire prevention.

He expressed these views while addressing a ceremony held on Thursday in connection with IFFD.

The ceremony was attuned by Rescue 1122 rescuers and many other people belonging to various walks of life.

Ghulam said that the practice was not common in Pakistan focus for proper training was one that needs to be meet, and therefore IFFD is an opportunity to do exactly this.

“Individuals who seek out a career in fire fighting do not do so to become wealthy. Considering the personal risk and sacrifices fire fighters make on a regular basis, their salaries are relatively meagre. Many volunteer fire fighters provide their valuable services at no charge - just wanting to give back to their towns and cities while receiving on-the-job training” he said.

Needless to say, fighting fires was intense, difficult, and very dangerous work fire fighters exercised daily and participate in special training drills to ensure that they were physically ready to meet their arduous tasks when the alarm sounds, he added.