Gloucestershire marks National Firefighters Memorial Day
As part of National Firefighters Memorial Day on Friday 4th May, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service crews will hold local parades to recognise and remember those who lost their lives in service.
The day is a national reminder of the work and commitment of all members of the fire and rescue service. It pays tribute in remembering those who have died as a result of their duties whilst serving their communities.
In Gloucestershire three community fire stations will be holding memorial events.
Gloucester South Community Fire Station will hold a short service for its staff followed by a two minute silence to remember those that have died as a result of duties. Some retired staff will also be present and The National Association of Retired Firefighters has invited its members in Gloucestershire to attend.
In Cheltenham a memorial parade will take place outside Cheltenham East Community Fire Station with both serving and retired firefighters in attendance from the two local stations.
Stroud Community Fire Station will also hold a memorial parade followed by the two minutes silence.
Stewart Edgar, chief fire officer said, “Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service is a family and we’re proud to commemorate National Firefighters Memorial Day. We have invited all of our firefighters including those off duty, to take part in our parades and observe a two minutes silence to remember those who have died as a result of their duties whilst serving their local community.”
Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure said, “All fire fighters, in Gloucestershire and across the country, are local heroes; their job is to protect us and they do an absolutely brilliant job. This is why we’re supporting National Firefighters Memorial Day locally. These memorial events at three of our community fire stations are just a small token of the gratitude we feel and it’s a pleasure to be part of it.”
The national day is recognised by Royal Charter and is supported by the National Fire Chiefs Council and the Fire Brigades Union.