When I am called to duty, God, wherever flames may
rage, give me strength to save some life, whatever be its age. Help
me embrace a little child before it is too late, or save an older person
from the horror of that fate. Enable me to be alert and hear the
weakest shout, and quickly and efficiently put that fire out. I want
to fulfill my calling and to give the best in me, to guard my every
neighbor and protect their property. And if, according to my fate, I
am to lose my life, please bless with your protecting hand, my children
and my wife.
When duty calls me, oh Lord, my partner,
When flames do their destructive work,
Give me strength to save lives
And, above all, keep my courage bright.
With you will I reach, before it's too late,
The injured child, the helpless old person,
With your generosity, may I be able
To spare them the horror of such an end.
Since I must always be alert,
I pray thee, oh Lord, guide my every move,
And in the infernal tumult of the fire
Let me hear the feeblest cry.
I will glory in the fulfillment of my destiny,
For is not life-saving the most noble calling?
When the storm is over and all have returned home,
Then will I be proud to have helped my neighbor.
If it should happen, by thy will,
That I must give my life,
I pray thee, protect my family
And bless this firefighter who is yours.