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06-08-20

NFCC to observe a minute’s silence to remember lives lost in Beirut

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) will observe a minute’s silence tomorrow afternoon at 3pm (Friday August 7th) to commemorate firefighters and others who tragically lost their lives in Beirut.

A crew of ten firefighters are thought to have lost their lives in the aftermath of the explosion.

Firefighters across the world are part of the same close-knit fire family; their loss will be felt by us all.

Roy Wilsher

NFCC Chair Roy Wilsher said: “The news that a number of firefighters lost their lives in the line of duty - while doing their utmost to save and protect lives - is deeply saddening.

“My first thoughts are with their loved ones and colleagues at this hugely difficult time. Firefighters across the world are part of the same close-knit fire family and their loss will be felt by all who work for fire services, regardless of where in the world we are. When we lose a firefighter, who makes the ultimate sacrifice, it impacts on us all.

“This tragic event is a stark reminder of how firefighters put their lives at risk each and every day, to carry out a job they love, ultimately wanting to protect the communities they tirelessly serve.

“Any life lost is one too many and we will pay tribute to them tomorrow, recognising the sacrifice they have made. Their loss will be felt for many years to come.”

Mr Wilsher also expressed his deepest sympathy to the friends and families of all those who lost their lives or were injured in the catastrophic explosions in Lebanon earlier this week.

The minute’s silence will be held at 3pm, which reflects the time of the catastrophic explosion. NFCC hopes as many Fire and Rescue Services staff as possible from across the UK will take part, spending the time reflecting and remembering these firefighters and their selfless actions.

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