The Firefighters' Creed

 Tim Murphy © 1998, 2001

On 28 November 2001, The Firefighters' Creed was designated the
Official Anthem of the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial.


There’s a War that’s being fought without Bombs or Rifle-shot;

There are deadly confrontations every day.

For the Enemy is Fire; and the Casualties grow higher,

Among those who place themselves in Danger’s Way.

It’s a Warrior Breed of men, who face the fires, and fight again,

When the Screaming Sirens sound their Battle Cry !

Where the Klaxons blare the call, they’ll be there to give their All:

They’ll lay their Lives on the Line, Do or Die !


When the terrorists attack, stab our Nation in the back -

Then our Firefighters lead the way once more;

With their brothers, the Police, the Volunteers and EMT's,

They are joined to combat this Unholy War.

With the strength of Saving Grace, they met the challenge Face-to-Face,

Even though the stakes had never been so high -

They took the Job and got it done, unsung Heroes every one:

They laid their Lives on the Line, Do or Die !


( Chorus ) When the flames are blazing high against the smokey midnight sky,

You will hear their Mighty Diesels raging by !

They’ll proceed at greatest speed - it’s The Firefighters’ Creed:

They’ll lay their Lives on the Line, Do or Die !


There’s a Piper on the hill, in the misty morning chill;

You can hear his lonesome bagpipe’s mournful drone.

Another Firefighter died; and his Brothers at graveside,

Will see his Widow and their Children aren’t alone.

For every Fireman has to know that he could be the Next to go:

It’s just the Nature of the Beast they can’t deny;

Every year they add more Names to the Brotherhood of Flames:

They’ll lay their Lives on the Line, Do or Die !


( Chorus ) When the flames are blazing high against the smoky midnight sky,

You will hear their Mighty Diesels raging by !

They’ll proceed at greatest speed - it’s The Firefighters’ Creed:

( Countless Lives have been Saved by the Bravest of the Brave ! )

( Years of training - Endless Drill ! Dedication - Iron Will ! )

( Village Square - City Street ! They’re the Ones who Take the Heat ! )

( At each Station’s strident Bell, still they charge straight into Hell !! )

They’ll lay their Lives on the Line, Do or Die !


( Dedicated to The Bravest: those Women and Men,
and their Families - past, present, and future ...
Firefighters all ! )


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