Shropshire’s chief fire officer has marked the creation of a national Emergency Services Day by publicly praising the role played by emergency service partners in the county and the wider region.
Rod Hammerton was speaking in the run up to the staging of the first ever Emergency Services Day, a national event that will be held every year to celebrate the work of the “blue light” services and other emergency teams and volunteers working for local councils, the NHS and many other partner organisations.
Emergency Services Day will be held annually and will start at 9am on September 9 (the 9th hour of the 9th day of the 9th month). The 999 Day will also pay tribute to the 7,000 personnel who have lost their lives in the course of duty.
“I hope that the creation of this special day will shine an annual spotlight not only on the outstanding work of blue light emergency services but will also provide an opportunity to acknowledge vital role played by scores of emergency response partners,” Rod Hammerton said.
“Keeping Shropshire safe is at the heart of everything Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service does but it’s not a goal this or any other emergency service could achieve alone. Instead it relies upon close and effective collaboration between the fire and rescue service and our many partners.
“We value highly the excellent work done by our emergency response partners and their efforts, alongside our own in the fire service, go a long way towards together keeping Shropshire safe,” he added.