999 Day 2021 – Celebrate with Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) on 9th September
This September, we are delighted to be joining in on the celebration of all our national Emergency Services here at Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS). Emergency Services Day, also known as 999 Day, is openly supported by HM The Queen as well as the Prime Minister and First Ministers of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue have attended three flag raising ceremonies in Bedford, Central Beds and Luton this morning to remember those who have given their lives to the local services. The aim of Emergency Services Day (#999Day) is to educate the public on the correct and responsible use of the emergency services, and to promote voluntary and paid positions within the services.
#999Day was launched in 2017, founded by Tom Scholes-Fogg and designated as an official day by Prime Minister Theresa May. The date chosen was 9th September, or 9/9. The emergency services that are celebrated on this date are the Fire Service, Police and NHS or Ambulance Services, and all of these are invited to get involved in the event.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Alison Kibblewhite attended the Bedford Borough Hall flag raising ceremony. “I’m delighted to have been able to attend the emergency services day ceremony alongside our partners include the Bedfordshire Police and Mid-Shires Search and Rescue Teams. 999 Day is a great opportunity to be able to promote responsible use of the emergency services as well as reaching out to those who may be considering a possible career with one of our teams.”
Events tied to this day of celebration such as Open Days, also aim to promote emergency services charities and their efforts, as well as campaigns that are being run by the services to raise awareness of preventative measures. For the Fire Service, this includes ongoing campaigns surrounding road safety, water safety and home safety and many more.