Make Alex's Day - Best Firefighter Ever

Make Alex's Day 2018-02-23 Beehive Corner IMG_8475

Make Alex’s Day was an epic day for all involved.

Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) firefighters often help children and families in need, but with Make Alex’s Day, they took it to the next level.

Eight-year-old cancer survivor Alex Tann became not just a firefighter for the day, but Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) Chief Officer. Diagnosed with a brain tumour at age three that left him blind, he is now in remission and dreams of becoming a firefighter.

Make Alex’s Day was an idea hatched by Mix FM to support Alex and raise the profile of the Childhood Cancer Association. MFS firefighters gladly assisted Alex in becoming the Best Firefighter Ever.

Make Alex's Day, Bronto rescue

Best Firefighter Ever Alex rushes to rescue AFL stars from a (mock) fire at Beehive Corner, with a large crowd cheering him on.

Make Alex’s Day – the emergency response

Alex spent the morning at Adelaide Fire Station with firefighters, where he received his PPE in front of a parade of fellow firefighters. Then he moved on to morning tea with his crews in the mess – when suddenly, the bells dropped and Alex was called to manage a challenging rescue.

Chief Officer Alex hopped on board a fire appliance which travelled lights and sirens to nearby Beehive Corner at Rundle Mall in Adelaide’s CBD.

On arrival, thousands of people had gathered at Beehive Corner, cheering and chanting ‘Alex, Alex, Alex’.

Brave Alex hopped into the Bronto aerial truck’s carry cage and extended almost 30 metres into the air to rescue two stars ‘trapped’ inside a burning heritage building.

Alex’s first rescue was that of AFL Port Adelaide Football Club Captain Travis Boak, who said “Alex, you saved my life.” Once Chief Officer Alex’s football hero was safely ushered to the ground, Alex heard that another person needed his help.

Still in the Bronto’s carry cage, Alex rushed back up into the air to rescue AFLW Adelaide Crows Captain Erin Phillips and safely brought her to the ground.

Make Alex's Day, Chief Officer and Alex

MFS Chief Officer Greg Crossman hands his title over to Chief Officer and Best Firefighter Ever, Alex.

Well done Chief Officer Alex

Once back on safe ground, MFS Chief Officer Greg Crossman handed his role over to Alex and declared him the best firefighter ever – and best chief officer ever.

Alex received his shield and ID wallet and waved to the cheering crowd.

It was a wonderful, memorable day for Alex, his family and all involved. Firefighters were overwhelmed and pleased to see the efforts of the community, with such a large crowd turning out to support a beautiful child - and the Childhood Cancer Association which that helps so many families like his.


The MFS is not taking donations, but if Make Alex’s Day inspires you to donate, please contact the Childhood Cancer Association. More information here.

Make Alex's Day Deefa and Elliot

When Deefa met Elliott…

On Make Alex’s Day, the Australian Professional Firefighters Foundation (APFF) charity donated $2,000 to the Childhood Cancer Association (CCA).

APFF mascot Deefa the Dog became firm friends with CCA mascot Elliott. They enjoy hanging out and talking all things canine!