Bristol City Council held a ceremony on College Green on Sunday 9 September to mark the first official annual Emergency Services (999) Day.
The 999 Flag was raised following a ceremonial procession and two-minute silence. The event was hosted by Cllr Cleo Lake, Lord Mayor of Bristol, and attended by representatives of Bristol’s emergency services and local civic figures including Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, HM Lord Lieutenant, and Mr Roger Opie, High Sheriff of Bristol.
There are currently over one million people working in Britain’s emergency services, many of whom are volunteers, and more than 7,000 personnel have lost their lives in the course of their duties.
This day aims to promote good citizenship, to encourage people to act responsibly to minimise the need to use emergency services and to teach people how they can assist the emergency services. It also aims to attract new volunteers such as NHS community responders and special constables, and to encourage people to undertake lifesaving training.
In addition to 999 Day, the National Emergency Services Memorial charity is aiming to raise £2million to build Britain’s first national Cenotaph for all emergency services. The charity will also hold an annual Festival of Thanksgiving in a different part of the UK every year.
Cllr Cleo Lake, Lord Mayor of Bristol said “This celebration allows us remember and honour the men, women and personnel who devote their lives to protecting and serving other whilst also appealing to a cross section of citizens to consider joining these workforces so that they may better represent our diverse city in all regards.”