"Chalk your walk": Hawke's Bay firefighters call on community to celebrate International Firefighters' Day
People young and old are being asked to write or draw a positive message on the sidewalk of the Hastings or Napier fire station as part of International Firefighters' Day tomorrow (Tuesday).
Fire and Emergency New Zealand Hawke's Bay Area Commander Ken Cooper says the idea, which originated overseas, is a great way to bring the community together and acknowledge the work the region's firefighters do.
Chalk will be available at both the Hastings and Napier Fire Stations tomorrow and people are encouraged to decorate the sidewalks and forecourts with messages of encouragement. Both stations have volunteer and career firefighters.
International Firefighters' Day is recognised each year on May 4 where the world’s community can recognise and honour the sacrifices that firefighters and the people who support them 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.
As the Fire Stations are operational, people are asked to promptly move clear out of the way if alarm bells sound and the doors begin to raise so that the region's firefighters can go save the day.