NFCC joins fire services to commemorate Firefighters Memorial Day

The National Fire Chiefs Council will join Fire and Rescue Services across the country and observe a minute’s silence to mark this year’s Firefighters Memorial Day on May 4th.  

The silence is to pay tribute and recognise the ongoing dedication and commitment of UK firefighters, particularly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. 

FRSs across the country will hold a one-minute silence at 12noon today to pay their respects. The day recognises the commitment and dedication of all United Kingdom firefighters and those serving in British Overseas Territories.

The day is supported and promoted by the Firefighters Memorial Trust, which exists to recognise and honour the dedication and courage of all UK firefighters, particularly those who have fallen in the line of duty.

The day asks emergency services and the public to show their support and pay their respects, while remembering those who were injured or lost their lives while serving their communities.

While there is not a physical event this year, the Trust is hoping as many serving and retired personnel as possible will support the day, observing current COVID restrictions.

Mark Hardingham, Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council will lead a minute’s silence with NFCC Committee Chairs, and said: “It is important we recognise the annual memorial day to pay tribute to those across the world who tragically lost their lives in the line of duty. Their bravery and ultimate sacrifice should be remembered, along with the impact on their families, friends and colleagues. 

“Fire services across the country will come together to give thanks and commemorate the bravery of their colleagues and observe today’s minute’s silence.

“As chair of the NFCC, myself and colleagues will also take part in the silence and take the time to honour and reflect the courage and commitment of all those who have lost their lives.” 

Mr Hardingham also remembers the ten firefighters who died in Beirut in August last year following the catastrophic explosion in Lebanon, commenting: “Emergency services staff across the world are part of a close-knit family; this devastating loss of life hit firefighters hard worldwide. They were doing their very best to save lives and sadly suffered the ultimate sacrifice. I will be remembering all who have lost their lives and giving thanks for their selfless dedication.”  

May 4th is also International Firefighters’ Day which is also known as St Florian’s Day in some countries, 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.  

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