NFCC Chair 'honoured' to be laying a wreath at Cenotaph

On Remembrance Sunday, the Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council Roy Wilsher, will lay a wreath at the Cenotaph in London. This is on behalf of the civilian services to commemorate and honour all those who lost their lives in the two world wars and later conflicts.

Starting at 11am, the national British Legion event service will commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women involved in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

This year, Remembrance Sunday falls on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War (November 11th).

NFCC Chair Roy Wilsher said: “It is a huge honour to lay a wreath at this year’s Remembrance Sunday on behalf of the Civilian Services, especially with it being the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.

“I will be reflecting and remembering the vital role of the fire and rescue service along with other civilian services who helped defend our country at times of conflict during the last 100 years.”

In the region of 65 million men were mobilised across Europe during World War I. More than 21 million people were wounded, 8.5 million were killed and 7.7 million were taken prisoners of war.

Women played a huge role in World War I and made up a substantial part of the workforce, including munitions manufacturing in large numbers. During World War II, women across the country entered the volunteer fire service to take the place of men. 

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I will be reflecting and remembering the vital role of the fire and rescue service along with other civilian services.

Roy Wilsher, NFCC Chair

The Royal British Legion is also holding an additional event this year; the ‘Nation’s thank-you procession’ which takes place immediately after their parade.

Representatives from  fire and rescue services from across the country will be attending The National Service of Remembrance, held at The Cenotaph as part of the civilian detachment.

The Civilian services contingent makes up a quarter of the static guard of honour around the Cenotaph, alongside the Army detachment, opposite the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.

 Mark Hardingham, Chief Fire Officer of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service and NFCC Chair of Protection will lead the civilian services detachment. 

 Steve Owen-Hughes, Acting Chief Fire Officer for Surrey Fire and Rescue Service will be leading the fire and rescue service contingent. Steve has received a number of military commendations for action in Afghanistan and Bosnia. He has also been awarded an MBE and the Fire Service Cross for saving life in the Bosnian war. In addition, he was involved in the Westminster Bridge terrorist attack and attend to six injured people.

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