The medal ‘For Courage in a Fire’ was a civilian and military state bravery award of the Soviet Union established on October 31, 1957, by decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR to recognize deeds of courage and of leadership while fighting fires. The medal’s statute was amended on July 18, 1980, by decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. The medal ceased to be awarded following the December 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union. On the obverse the medal is embossed in the center with a crossed fire axes and an adjustable wrench below a five-pointed star with the inscription ‘For courage in a fire.’ the image on the reverse shows a two-storied house on fire, with a firefighter carrying a child. The medal is secured to a standard Soviet pentagonal mount by a ring through the suspension loop. The mount is covered by a red silk moire ribbon with blue and white stripes.