Firefighter Sayings and Quotes

Firefighters are some of the most courageous and fearless people around. Unlike the rest of us, they are tasked with running towards danger instead of away from it. Salute these brave individuals with the collection of wise and inspirational firefighter quotes below.

the only fire he can't put out is the one he started in my heart.     


Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.     

Albert Schweitzer

A hero has faced it all: he need not be undefeated, but he must be undaunted.     

Andrew Bernstein

The hero is the man who lets no obstacle prevent him from pursuing the values he has chosen.     

Andrew Bernstein

When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that firefighters usually use water.     


Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one.     

Baltasar Gracian

Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.     

Bob Riley

Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death, can erase our good deeds.     


The difference between a good life and a bad life is how well you walk through the fire.     

Carl Jung

The guts carry the feet, not the feet the guts.     


"Safety First" is "Safety Always."     

Charles M. Hayes

I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.     

Christopher Reeve

Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.     

David Thomas

When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work.     

Edward F. Crocker

For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind.     

Eleanor Everet

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.     

General George Patton

True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job anyhow. That’s what courage is.     

General Norman Schwarzkopf

If crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight?     

George Carlin

The hero is commonly the simplest and obscurest of men.     

Henry David Thoreau

Man is the only creature that dares to light a fire and live with it. The reason? Because he alone has learned how to put it out.     

Henry Jackson Vandyke Jr.

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.     

James Allen

I became a firefighter because I wanted to save people. But I should have been more specific. I should have named names.     

Jodi Picoult

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.      

John 15:13

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.     

Joseph Campbell

Real heroes are men who fall and fail and are flawed, but win out in the end because they’ve stayed true to their ideals and beliefs and commitments.     

Kevin Costner

I can think of no more stirring symbol of man’s humanity to man than a fire engine.     

Kurt Vonnegut

Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be.     

Lucius C. Lactantius

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!     

Maya Angelou

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.     

Meg Cabot

I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.      

Mia Hamm

Courage can't see around corners, but goes around them anyway.     

Mignon McLaughlin

Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.     

Omar Bradley

Not the glittering weapon fights the fight, but rather the hero's heart.     


Better a thousand times careful than once dead.     


A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.     

Robert Louis Stevenson

You may not have saved a lot of money in your life, but if you have saved a lot of heartaches for other folks, you are a pretty rich man.     

Seth Parker

My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place – police, firefighters and members of our armed forces.     

Sidney Sheldon

The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.     


It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference.     

Tom Brokaw

All men are created equal, then a few become firemen.     


Firefighters save hearts and homes.     


They bravely march into the depths of hell to face the fears of many, and extinguish the demons that rage free.     


If you think it’s tough being a firefighter, try being a firefighter’s wife or husband.     


When fire is cried and danger is neigh, ‘God and the fireman’ is the people’s cry; but when ‘tis out and all things righted, God is forgotten and the firemen slighted.     


No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another. Thank you.     


Safety doesn't happen by accident.     


Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.     

William Arthur Ward

Something that has always puzzled me all my life is why, when I am in special need of help, the good deed is usually done by somebody on whom I have no claim.     

William Feather

I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a fireman. The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who know the work which the fireman has to do believe that his is a noble calling. Our proudest moment is to save lives. Under the impulse of such thoughts, the nobility of the occupation thrills us and stimulates us to deeds of daring, even of supreme sacrifice.     

Chief Edward F. Croker

Every firefighter knows that he is always susceptible to this type of tragedy. They go to work every day knowing that they are doing something so positive, that people really respect them and appreciate them.     

Thomas Von Essen

Firefighters don't go on strike.     

Denis Leary

The innovative leader has to be an arsonist and a firefighter.     

Paul Sloane

Firefighter required to perform all the necessary task in order to control an emergency situation.     


You have to do something in your life that is honorable and not cowardly if you are to live in peace with yourself, and for the firefighter it is fire.     

Larry Brown

Delaware's firefighters put their lives in jeopardy every day in an effort to keep families safe.     

Thomas Carper

With better gear, firefighters no longer surround and drown a fire they go in.     

Bill Dedman

When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work.     

Edward F. Croker

But aloud the praises, and give the victor-crown. To our noble hearted Firemen, who fear not danger's frown.     

Fredric G. W. Fenn

Once you have a firefighter in your family, your family and the families from his crew become one big extended family.     

Denis Leary

A good firefighter knows how, an educated firefighter knows why.     

Chris Walker

Firefighters are essential to the safety and security of our local communities. We owe it to these men and women to provide them with better training and equipment so they can do their jobs more effectively and safely.     

Carl Levin

That's the life, being a fireman. It sure beats being a ballplayer. I'd rather be a fireman.     

Ted Williams

Police officers, firefighters, EMTs they are all out there every single day literally just a phone call away for anyone who needs them.     

Doreen Croni

Firemen never die, they just burn forever in the hearts of the people whose lives they saved.     

Susan Diane Murphree

Firefighters, police officers and state troopers place themselves in harm's way every day, every week, every year.     

James McGreevey

Our firefighters are our last line of defense, baby.     

Jack Scalia

Police and firefighters are great, but they don't create wealth. They protect it. That's crucial. Teaching is a wonderful profession. Teachers help educate people to become good citizens so that citizens can then go create wealth. But they don't create the wealth themselves.     

Rush Limbaugh

Firefighter is one of the few jobs kind enough to warn me away by containing two words I'm not interested in, unlike the deceptive bookkeeper.     

Joel Stein

As the member of a firefighter family myself, supporting the widowed families of rescue workers is an important, personal cause of mine.     

Mark Sanchez

Firefighters are indispensable foot soldiers here at home.     

Christopher Dodd

A fireman banged on my back door, and I couldn't breathe. It scared me to death. I came out the back door, and it just took my breath.     

Pat Alexander

Firemen are going to get killed. When they join the department they face that fact. When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work. They were not thinking of getting killed when they went where death lurked. They went there to put the fire out, and got killed. Firefighters do not regard themselves as heroes because they do what the business requires.     

Chief Edward F. Croker

What firefighters and people in our military and cops do is separate from what the rest of us do; basically these people say, 'I'm going to protect all these strangers.     

Denis Leary

Firefighters are some of the most selfless public servants you will ever encounter.     

Denis Leary

Fireman never know what they will encounter on each call but proceed with the same level of commitment and service.     

Byron Pulsifer

Being a firefighter is as close as you get to being a modern day soldier in your home country.     

Tom Dawson

Nothing cries out for compassion, concern, and danger as a fire engine screams by carrying firefighters ready to do battle without flinching from any demand.     

Byron Pulsifer

In fire you can plan everything out to the minute, and a minute before that everything changes.     

Dan Felix

Firefighter appreciation isn't just a once a year affair because firefighters are there for each of us everyday.     

Byron Pulsifer

Good Firefighters will know their job. Great Firefighters will also know the job of the person above them as well as teach their job to the person below them.     

Bob Muszynski

The funny thing about firemen is, night and day, they are always firemen.     

Gregory Widen

Some people procrastinate so much that all they can do is run around like firefighters all day - putting out fires that should not have gotten started in the first place.     

Nido R Qubein

People are always asking me how is it that firefighters run into a burning building when everyone else is running out. Courage is the answer.     

Chief Kennedy

Firefighters go where they're needed, sometimes ignoring the dangers even when no one is inside a burning building to be saved.     

Bill Dedman

Firefighters save more than homes. They save hearts, memories, and dreams.