Firefighters’ Memorial Day will remember firefighters around the world lost while fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. “we are aware that we have lost colleagues in Italy and the USA, and we will honour them and their sacrifice.” FBU
Firefighters’ Memorial Day honours the sacrifice of firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) works in partnership with the Firefighters Memorial Trust to ensure that, no matter how much time has passed, firefighters who have died protecting their communities are remembered.
Last year, Grahame Morris MP attended a ceremony held outside Peterlee Fire Station, which remembered two firefighters who tragically lost their lives on duty in 1982. Tony Hall was just 24 and his fellow firefighter, John Donley, 26, when they were killed after their engine left the road and crashed into a ditch while responding to a 999 call.
This year, Firefighters’ Memorial Day will focus particularly on firefighters around the world who have sadly lost their lives while working on the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic. The FBU said, “we are aware that we have lost colleagues in Italy and the USA, and we will honour them and their sacrifice.”
At 12pm, on-duty firefighters will stand outside their stations to observe a minute’s silence. FBU general secretary Matt Wrack and Firefighters Memorial Trust chairman Colin Livett will lay a wreath at the National Firefighters Memorial at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Although we will be unable to come together in person today, there are several ways in which we can pay tribute to firefighters. People can join in the minute’s silence at 12pm by tuning into the live stream on the FBU’s Facebook page, as well as submit photos and videos of the day to firstname.lastname@example.org or by tweeting @fbunational.
For more information as to how you can commemorate the day, please visit the FBU website: