The UK’s fire and rescue services have gone over and above the call of duty in the last few years, working on the frontline to help communities through the coronavirus pandemic, keeping their communities safe in the months since and, more recently, tackling wildfires across the UK amid an unprecedented heatwave.
Today, on Emergency Services Day – or 999 Day as it’s also known – we have the opportunity to reflect and thank our fire community and all our blue light services for their hard work and dedication.
This summer we saw fire services across the UK stepping up once again and working tirelessly to battle wildfires amid a soaring heatwave. A shining example of the extraordinary lengths our emergency services go to every day.
Dr Jill Tolfrey, Chief Executive of The Fire Fighters Charity, said of Emergency Services Day: “Fire service personnel right across the UK have faced huge pressures over the last few years – and today is an opportunity for us to thank all of them, whether they’re still working or they’ve retired from their role.
“Our job is to support our fire family throughout their lives – ensuring they can all live happier and healthier. So, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind each and every one of our beneficiaries that we’re with them all the way.”
At 9am today there will be a two-minutes’ silence to remember all those emergency service staff who have lost their lives as a result of their service to our nation. Please join with us in taking this time for reflection, and in thanking all our emergency services for the incredible work they do.
We are here for all fire and rescue service personnel, both working and retired, as well as their spouses, partners and dependants, offering specialist health and wellbeing support to help them live happier and healthier. And that support lasts a lifetime.
But we couldn’t do it without your ongoing donations.
By signing up now to give a regular donation, you are directly supporting thousands of our beneficiaries every year. Visit www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/donate. Thank you.