Firefighters in Northamptonshire were among those who gathered to mark a special day to remember those in the fire service who have died or been injured while keeping their communities safe.
Saturday (May 4) was the third annual national Firefighters Memorial Day, arranged by the Fire Brigades Union in partnership with the Firefighters Memorial Trust, which saw current and retired firefighters, and their families, attend gatherings at fire stations in Northamptonshire.
Attendees at an event held at The Mounts Fire Station in Northampton also comprised invited guests including The High Sheriff of Northamptonshire Nicholas Robertson, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold as well as Assistant Chief Constable James Andronov of Northamptonshire Police.
As well as The Mounts, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) also supported this day with events at Corby and Wellingborough Fire Stations, where a minute’s silence was held to remember colleagues lost in the line of duty.
Rob Porter, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, said: “Each year we are proud to hold a minute’s silence in honour of Firefighters Memorial Day. The work of a firefighter requires significant courage and a real commitment to community protection. Unfortunately, over the years, a number of firefighters have been injured or have died in the course of their duties. We hold this event to pay our respects to the commitment they showed and the price they paid for helping people as part of their work in the Fire Service.”