ISLAMABAD (Agencies): On International Firefighters Day, countries worldwide, including Pakistan, unite to honor the bravery and sacrifices of firefighters. These heroes risk their lives to protect communities during emergencies.

This day was established in 1999 following a tragic incident in Australia where five firefighters lost their lives while combating a sudden wildfire. This day serves as a solemn reminder of the inherent dangers that firefighters face in their line of duty.

Firefighters are globally renowned for their unparalleled dedication. Their role extends beyond firefighting; they undertake complex rescue missions, often in unpredictable and hazardous conditions, requiring specialized skills and equipment.

In Punjab, the establishment of the Rescue 1122 Service in 2004 marked a significant step towards strengthening emergency response capabilities. However, the journey towards creating a robust fire service faced challenges, leading to the establishment of the Fire Rescue Service in 2007.

Despite their selfless service, firefighters in Karachi have faced severe circumstances, with at least 33 lives lost and numerous others disabled while protecting lives and property. The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), struggling with financial constraints, has found it challenging to provide essential resources and facilities to its fire brigade.

In recognition of their unwavering commitment, Karachi Mayor Murtaza Wahab has pledged to honor firefighters with the Pride of Performance award, acknowledging their invaluable contributions to the safety and well-being of the city’s residents.

As the world commemorates International Firefighters Day, it also highlights the urgent need to address the challenges faced by these unsung heroes.

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