At midday today (Friday May 4) 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."
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 May 4 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.
Firefighters and staff at Headquarters gathered in the Service’s memorial garden where they witnessed the unveiling and dedication of the Staffordshire Flame, a sculpture commissioned by the Memorial Garden Board. The sculpture was developed with the kind generosity of partners including Owl projects, Mallards Steel, PM Training and Audley Builders. Money raised at the Stokie Christmas Market also helped towards its design and build.
The flame statue sits in the center of a dedicated area of the Memorial Garden at Headquarters and will be used by staff each year to commemorate the National Fire Fighters Memorial Day initiated by the Fire Fighters Charity.
Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant 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, along with staff at Service Headquarters, took part in a minutes silence to reflect and remember those who are no longer with us.
“This year we took our places around this fantastic sculpture, which will provide us with a dedicated area of the garden to gather for remembrance events.”
The following fire stations participated at midday on Friday: