On May 4, which marks International Firefighters’ Day and the memorial day of St. Florian, the patron saint of firefighters, the head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration expressed his gratitude to officers of the State Fire Service as well as members of the Volunteer Fire Brigades.
"Your mission, as an example of caring for the common good, is honoured in our homeland with respect. Your hard work shows extraordinary dedication and courage. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for this constant readiness to fight for human life," Mariusz Kamiński wrote in a letter to firefighters.
He also assured that the government recognises the needs of each unit and "does everything possible to create the best conditions for their functioning". "This applies to equipping both of your formations with the most modern equipment, and to creating an appropriate legal framework in the field of fire protection,” he explained.
As an example he mentioned the Act on Special Support for Uniformed Services, which was passed last summer. It introduced, among others, incentive bonuses for those who decide to remain in formation after 25 years of service.
The head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration also mentioned the bill on the Voluntary Fire Brigade prepared by the ministry, the main assumptions of which were announced last week. "The proposed regulations will meet the legitimate expectations of the volunteer firefighting community, among others by introducing a pension supplement for those with 25 years of service,” he emphasised.
The new regulations, as Kamiński pointed out, will strengthen the legal protection of volunteer firefighters to the level currently assigned to the officers of the State Fire Service. "They will also enable the President of the Republic of Poland to award particularly distinguished volunteer firefighters with a new, special decoration - the St. Florian's Cross," he added.