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03-05-19

NFCC Chair will pay tribute to firefighters at the Annual Service of Remembrance

The Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council Roy Wilsher will join firefighters from across the country at the Annual Service of Remembrance on Sunday May 5th in London, where he will lay a wreath and take the salute. This is to pay tribute and recognise the ongoing dedication and commitment of UK firefighters, particularly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

 This is part of Firefighters’ Memorial Day which takes place on May 4th, and will be followed by the Service of Remembrance on May 5th.  It is promoted by the Firefighters Memorial Trust, which recognises the commitment and dedication of all United Kingdom firefighters – and those serving in British overseas territories – particularly those who have died as  result of their duties, while serving the community.

 In addition, today (May 4th) is International Firefighters’ Day which is also known as St Florian’s Day, as St Florian is the patron saint of firefighters.   According to history, St Florian was the first known commander of a firefighting squad in in the Roman Empire. The day asks emergency services and the public to show support for firefighters worldwide, to recognise their commitment, remember those who lost their lives or were injured,  and to pay their respects.

Fire services across the country will hold a one minute silence at 12noon today to pay their respects. 

Roy Wilsher, Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council, said: “It is an honour to be laying a wreath at this year’s Firefighters’ Memorial Day on behalf of the National Fire Chiefs Council, to recognise and pay tribute to firefighters not only in the UK, but also worldwide.

“This is a hugely important event for fire services across the country, as staff – both serving and retired – come together to  give thanks and commemorate the bravery of firefighters. Fire services will also support the memorial by observing a minute’s silence today. As chair of the NFCC, it is a huge privilege and honour to be given this opportunity to represent both NFCC and fire and rescue services from across the UK. I will be thinking of all firefighters during the service and when I take the salute.”

The Firefighters' Memorial Trust is hoping as many serving and retired personnel as possible will support Firefighters’ Memorial Day, this could include forming a visible parade at fire stations or other premises, and to observe the minute’s silence. The annual service of remembrance takes place at 2pm at the Holy Sepulchre church in London. The parade and standard bearers will start their journey at 15.15, and the wreath laying will follow this. 

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