Celebrate International Firefighters’ Day May 4th

International Firefighters' Day May 4thThis May 4, the public is invited to remember and honor firefighters who have dedicated their lives to serving our local community here in Washtenaw County, and around the world. A day of recognition, the International Firefighters’ Day is marked by the display of blue and red ribbons pinned together, and memorial and recognition events. We salute the men and women who respond to wide-ranging calls, from fire alarms to actual fires, and to medical emergencies and hazardous materials concerns. And of course, the occasional animal rescue.

On May 4, thank a firefighter by sending a note of appreciation to your local station. Or, better yet, visit a station in person. In Ann Arbor, the public is welcome to tour the city’s five fire stations. Walk-in visits are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. For tours after hours, or for groups with more than five people, scheduling is available by emailing fire@a2gov.org. Fire truck visits for community events and block parties, and ride-a-longs are also available.

Also in Ann Arbor, the public is invited to attend the W4 Country 102.9 Firehouse Friday on May 5 at Station 6, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., and a Public Safety Open House on May 20, 11 a.m. to  2 p.m. at Station 1, which will offer several activities for children.

You can also make plans to visit the Michigan Firehouse Museum and Education Center in downtown Ypsilanti, which is offering 50% admission rates for all current or former firefighters and their families for the day. The museum includes an original 1898 firehouse, and many engaging and interactive exhibits.

Or mark the day of honor at home, by reviewing your fire safety practices. Check the batteries in smoke detectors. Make a plan with your family in case of a fire emergency, and conduct a fire drill so all members know what to do and where to go in case of a fire.

Learn more about International Firefighters’ Day.