Notts Fire Service to honour fallen colleagues
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) will support a new national Memorial Day to honour fallen firefighters.
Firefighters Memorial Day takes place today (Thursday, May 4) and will see firefighters from stations across the county parade in front of their stations at midday and 7.30pm before observing a minute’s silence.
This is the first year that the Memorial Day will take place, and members of the public as well as their families and retired firefighters are invited to join in the reflection at stations.
The day has been established to take place annually on May 4 by the Firefighters Memorial Trust under authority of a Royal Charter, and will recognise the bravery and sacrifice of all firefighters who have died while on duty.
Chief Fire Officer John Buckley, said: “We are proud to be supporting the national day in its first year and we will be honouring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for years to come.
“We will be observing two different silences to ensure that our serving personnel on both day and night shifts have the opportunity to show their respect for the day and we hope that as many people as possible will join us in recognising this reflective day.”
Fire and rescue services across the country will be taking part in the event and have all come together nationally to support the recognition of fallen firefighters.
Chairman of the Firefighters Memorial Trust Colin Levitt BEM, said: “Fire does not distinguish between men, women or children, race or creed. Neither do firefighters, they answer to the call and do their duty, and some pay the ultimate sacrifice.”