President, PM, Interior Minister praise firefighters on their day

President Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski praised firefighters and thanked them for their work during central observances marking International Firefighters' Day in Warsaw on Saturday.

"Firefighters, like not many others in Poland, deserve to be put on a pedestal for their service, which is extremely self-sacrificing, extremely responsible and (...) so necessary," the president said, expressing his gratitude for their work for the community.

"The Polish people appreciate your hard work, your effort, and your sacrifice," PM Morawiecki said.

"You are an example for Poles, just like 100 years ago, when "firefighters were in the forefront of the struggle for the country's independence," he went on to say.

Stressing that firefighters were the most trusted professional group in Poland, PM Morawiecki said that "this means that you are close to our everyday life (...), threats, risks and danger, that you help people in all parts of Poland."

Minister Brudzinski also expressed his gratitude to firefighters and emphasised that they were the only service in Poland enjoying such high public trust. He added that firefighters were trusted by over 90 percent of Poles.

"Every Pole in our Homeland can be sure that in a dramatic situation, when their life or that of their relatives is endangered, they can always count on you and your assistance," the minister added.

The interior minister declared that the government knew that "one cannot save on safety," and repeated that units of the Polish Volunteer Fire Brigade (OSP) will receive over PLN 137 million (EUR 32.0 million) from the state budget in 2018, and stressed "this is 30 percent more than in 2017."

"This is the achievement of this government," he said.

International Firefighters' Day is observed on May 4.