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04-09-20

NFCC Chair to lay wreath to commemorate and honour firefighters

Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council, Roy Wilsher, will be laying a wreath and giving the salute on behalf of all UK Fire and Rescue Services this Sunday (September 6th), to pay tribute to  firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The Firefighters Memorial Trust Annual Service of Remembrance was set to take place this Sunday, but due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the day will now be marked with a wreath laying.

At 12 noon, following the ringing of London’s St Paul’s Cathedral bells, the Standard will be lowered and a one minute silence will be observed.

This will be followed by words from the Trust’s chaplain and wreaths will then be laid.

As well as the wreath laid by Roy Wilsher, wreaths will also be laid on behalf of the patrons, the trust itself and on behalf of firefighter families who have sadly lost their lives.

NFCC Chair Roy Wilsher, commented: “I am honoured to be laying the wreath on behalf of Fire and Rescue Services. While the event is different to previous years, it is vital that the commitment and dedication of firefighters is recognised, remembered and reflected upon.

“It is important we pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. We sadly saw this very recently in Beirut; I reiterate what I said then - firefighters across the world are part of the same close-knit fire family; their loss will be felt by all who work for fire services and their families, regardless of where in the world we are.

“As NFCC Chair, it is a privilege to lay this wreath and give the salute. All firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty will in my thoughts.”

The Firefighters Memorial Trust recognises the commitment and dedication of all United Kingdom Firefighters, (and those serving in designated British Overseas Territories), particularly those who have died as a result of their duties, while serving the community. It aims to remember and honour all these firefighters.

Fire services across the country will also observe a one-minute silence at 12 noon to pay their respects. 

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