Firefighters Memorial Day
On 4th May, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will mark the first annual Firefighters Memorial Day, in association with the Firefighters Memorial Trust charity, in order to commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of firefighters who have died in the line of duty.
This is a day where members of the public and the fire and rescue service are invited to remember the selfless professionals who run toward danger when others are running away. This a day to remember the fallen, comfort their families and pay respect to the profession.
At fire stations around the U.K., a minute long silence will be held at Midday and a memorial parade will take place on station forecourts in honour of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary and a former firefighter, said:
“Firefighters Memorial Day is about honouring the courage and bravery of the men and women of the fire service. These are highly skilled professionals who selflessly put themselves in the line of danger to protect others. We owe them so much, and this is a day to remember what they give their communities. Firefighters understand the risks associated with their job but they do expect to come home safe after each shift. Sadly, this is not always the case. It’s important that none of us forget the sacrifice these men and women have made in order to keep people safe. We hope this day will bring comfort and strength to the families and loved ones of those who have lost.”
Since records began 2,486 firefighters are known to have died whilst on duty serving their communities and keeping people safe, according to the Firefighters Memorial Trust.
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