Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service Press Release

Gloucestershire remembers fallen firefighters

Representatives from Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service will be joining 45 Fire and Rescue Services from across the UK at the National Firefighters Memorial near St Pauls, London, this Sunday, 8th September.

Gloucestershire has six names on the National Memorial, dating back to the war years.

In an act of remembrance, Gloucestershire County Council Cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, Will Windsor Clive and Chief Fire Officer, Jon Hall will be placing a wreath at the steps of the memorial.

The Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Standard will be carried through the streets of London by firefighters from Gloucester North fire station at the Annual International Firefighters Service of Remembrance and Wreath Laying Ceremony.

Meanwhile, their fire colleagues back home in Gloucestershire, whether on or off duty, will take a minute at 12 noon to reflect on the sacrifice their fellow firefighters have made in keeping others safe.

Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said:"Firefighters perform a difficult and often dangerous job fighting to keep our communities safe. I am sure everyone will join me in thanking them for their efforts and join us in remembering all those firefighters who have made the ultimate sacrifice."

Chief Fire Officer Jon Hall of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "The fire service is one family. Standing side by side this weekend we will reflect on the sacrifice this job has tragically demanded of some."

"It is with deep pride and sorrow we remember fellow fallen firefighters over the years, all over the world."

ENDS

Issued by:Hayley Clemmens, Gloucestershire County Council media team, 01452 425226

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6th September 2013