Australia’s First Thank a First Responder Day

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge provide video of support for Australia’s Inaugural Thank a First Responder Day

Today, Tuesday 2nd June 2020 is Australia’s first Thank a First Responder Day, a day for the community to show appreciation to the first responder community for an incredibly busy year dealing with bushfires, natural disasters and pandemics.

Our firefighters, police, paramedics and support staff are there for us, every single day.  They see the best and worst of us and despite this, they are always there, supporting and caring for our communities. 

This year, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have provided a video of support as a way of recognizing the contributions of our First Responders who often risk not only their physical health, but also their mental wellbeing.

Videos of support have also been provided by His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia; former Prime Minister the Hon Tony Abbott; former Prime Minster the Hon Malcolm Turnbull; former Prime Minister the Hon John Howard OM, AC along with current serving Premiers, Ministers and Opposition.

Thank a First Responder Day is a day that was created to recognize the work our first responders do to protect, defend and care for our communities every single day. 

The UK, US and Canada have similar days of recognition but this year marks the first Australian day recognizing First Responders, both paid and volunteer, and their families.

“Thank a First Responder Day is a day to recognize all of those who give so much of themselves for our community.  Our First Responders support us, and defend, protect and care for our communities every single day, but these last few months even more so.  We wanted to show them, and their families, that we see the hard work, the sacrifices they make, and we appreciate what they do for us.” said John Bale, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Fortem Australia

“We wanted to create a platform that would allow the community to be able to express appreciation easily, and for First Responders and their families to be able to read the messages of appreciation that come their way.”

Fortem is encouraging the community to create a social media post to thank first responders and post it on the day using the hashtags #TAFRD, #ThankaFirstResponder, #FirstResponderDay.   All public Instagram and Twitter posts using the above hashtags, along with any Facebook posts tagging @FortemAustralia, will show up on the Wall of Thanks at as a public guestbook to show our First Responders, and their families, how much we appreciate what they do.

Fortem Australia, the organisation behind Thank a First Responder Day, is a charity dedicated to the mental health and wellbeing of our first responder and national security families.