Annual EMERGENCY SERVICES DAY – 9th SEPTEMBER:
The Emergency Services Day is a national day across the UK. It’s our chance to support the heroic men and women of the NHS and emergency services. #999Day was set up to promote the work of the emergency services as well as using the emergency services responsibly. This special day is supported by HM The Queen, the Prime Minister and First Ministers of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The Emergency Services Day:
- Promotes our 999 heroes who serve / have served.
- Promotes career and volunteer opportunities across the emergency services.
- Promotes using the emergency services responsibly.
- Educates the public on essential life-saving skills.
- Promotes emergency services charities and the work they do.
- Promotes campaigns being run by frontline emergency services.
Celebrations begin with 999 Day flags being raised across the UK at 9am to mark the 9th hour of the 9th day of the 9th month, followed by two minutes’ silence to remember the more than 7,500 members of the emergency services killed in the line of duty.
In addition to flag raising ceremonies taking place across the country, there is also a main national ‘open day’ style event held on the nearest Sunday to 999 Day. Unfortunately, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic meant the event, which was scheduled to have been held in Belfast, was cancelled. Belfast will now host the event in 2022, with Wales hosting in 2023, England in 2024 and Scotland in 2025.
You can find their information leaflet as well as images and flags to pint out on their website https://www.999day.org.uk