Tyne and Wear marked Firefighters Memorial Day

Firefighters outside Gateshead Community Fire Station

On Tuesday May 4, fire stations throughout Tyne and Wear held a minute’s silence at midday to mark Firefighters’ Memorial Day. This show of respect and solidarity was honoured by serving Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service firefighters and staff from across our 17 regional community fire stations.

Firefighters’ Memorial Day acts as a national tribute to commemorate the ultimate sacrifice made by those brave individuals who have lost their lives in the line of duty, when helping to save the lives of others.

To date nationally, 2,524 members of the fire and rescue service have died while protecting the public.

It is also International Firefighters’ Day and in some countries is celebrated as St Florian’s Day, with the intention of commemorating the dedication, commitment and sacrifices of firefighters everywhere.

The commemorative day is organised by the Firefighters Memorial Trust, and supported by the Fire Brigades Union and the National Fire Chiefs Council.

Chris Lowther, Chief Fire Officer for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: 

“Being a firefighter and serving your local community is a privilege. It is a badge of honour all firefighters, serving and retired, wear with pride and carry forever in our hearts.

“Firefighter’s Memorial Day is a fitting way for us to remember our fallen comrades, who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  The courage required to tackle a rescue situation is colossal, and those brave individuals have put the lives of others, before their own.  We will always be indebted to their heroism; and the families, friends and loved ones who they have left behind, will to, be in our thoughts.”

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