Support county’s selfless heroes on 999 Day
Today is 999 Emergency Services Day – a chance to show our appreciation for the invaluable work of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) and the other emergency services in keeping our communities safe.
The national day takes place on 9 September every year, enabling people to show their support for selfless 999 heroes past and present – including full-time, part-time and voluntary staff.
To mark the day, a two-minute silence was held at 9am this morning at GFRS fire stations and Shire Hall to remember the emergency services personnel who have lost their lives as a result of their service. The 999 Day flag is also being flown from Shire Hall, as well as at the GFRS headquarters at Quedgeley.
The day is an opportunity to not only acknowledge the crucial role frontline staff play in attending incidents and providing safety advice, but also to salute their efforts in helping with the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
They have carried out many extra duties since the pandemic began, including:
- Being trained to crew ambulances alongside paramedics to relieve pressure on the NHS and help our communities get the care they need
- Assisting with the storage and delivery of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to care settings across the county
- Helping to train NHS staff on the use of respiratory PPE
- Helping to package and deliver food and medication to vulnerable members of the community
- Assisting with the daily operation of mobile testing units around the county
Chief Fire Officer Mark Preece said: “I would like to take this opportunity on 999 Day to thank everyone at Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service for all their hard work and commitment. Firefighters put themselves in the front line responding to emergencies to keep us safe, but there are also many people working behind the scenes in support roles playing an essential part, as well as the family and partners behind the team.
“By all pulling in the same direction and working closely with our colleagues in the other emergency services, we can provide the best possible service to the people of Gloucestershire.”
Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member with responsibility for the Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The last 18 months have placed extra strain on the fire service and all the emergency services and I would like to thank them for their remarkable efforts during this time. They really are 999 heroes and today is a great opportunity to highlight the selfless work they do in keeping our communities safe.”