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On Friday, April 14, 1944, the Cargo vessel SS Fort Stikine carrying ammunitions, caught fire and exploded at Victoria Dock, Bombay. The holocaust that followed tool a heavy toll. Hundreds of men from the Bombay Fire Brigade fought the blaze. For 66 of them it was last Call. To commemorate the sacrifice of the brave fire fighters who laid their lives in the service of the Nation, Homage is paid on April 14th every year throughout the country. Fire Service Week is observed from 14-20th April every year to sensitize public on Fire Safety and Fire Prevention and there by promote national prosperity.