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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Firefighters Bravery and Sacrifice Honoured

04/05/2017

SFRS staff take part in minutes silence at Lichfield
SFRS staff take part in minutes silence at Lichfield

At midday today (Thursday 4 May) firefighters serving in Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) stood on parade in front of their fire stations to observe a minute silence in honour of the bravery and sacrifice of all firefighters who have died on duty whilst serving their communities.

“This memorial event is a unique opportunity for firefighters across the country to unite and commemorate those that have lost their lives in the line of duty."

SFRS Deputy Chief Fire Officer Rob Barber

Local fire crews signalled Firefighters Memorial Day by sounding sirens for 30 seconds followed by a minute silence.

Firefighters Memorial Day has been established to take place annually on 4 May by the Firefighters Memorial Trust under authority of a Royal Charter, supported by the Trust’s patron, HRH The Princess Royal.

All serving and former firefighters, their families and the public were invited to join the moment’s reflection this Firefighters Memorial Day – Thursday 4 May 2017. 

Chairman of the Firefighters Memorial Trust, Colin Levitt BEM said, “Fire does not distinguish between men, women or children – race, religion or creed. Neither do firefighters, they answer to the call and do their duty! Some pay the ultimate sacrifice.”

SFRS Deputy Chief Fire Officer Rob Barber said: “This memorial event is a unique opportunity for firefighters across the country to unite and commemorate those that have lost their lives in the line of duty.

“Crews around the county, incident permitting, took part in a minutes silence to reflect on those no longer with us, our Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant also took part as she was spending the day on station with crews at Lichfield.”

The following fire stations participated at midday on Thursday:

Headquarters
Barton-Under-Needwood
Lichfield
Sandyford
Stafford
Transport workshop, Trentham