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Jack Brooke-Battersby
By Jack Brooke-Battersby

Senior Staff Writer

6 September 2019

| | 3 min read


Flying the flag for Emergency Services Day

Members of the emergency services will be honoured in Newcastle as the 999 Day flag is flown at the Civic Centre.

Flag-raising ceremony at the Civic Centre
Flag-raising ceremony at the Civic Centre

Monday September 9 marks 999 Day, organised by the National Emergency Services Memorial charity, which celebrates the dedication of all those who work in the emergency services.

More than two million people currently work in the British emergency services – many as volunteers – while over 7,000 people have lost their lives in the line of duty over the years.

Cllr Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council, said: “The emergency services really are the heroes of our society, working all hours of the day on the frontline to save lives and keep us safe.

“They are there for us in our times of greatest need and their selfless, tireless and heroic work can never be underestimated.

“As these brave servants of our country repeatedly put their lives on the line for others, it is the least we can do to come together to show our sincere gratitude and it gives me great pleasure that Newcastle will be doing exactly that when we proudly fly the 999 Day flag on Monday.”

The 999 Day flag will be hoisted at Newcastle Civic Centre at 9am, marking the 9th hour of the 9th day of the 9th month, after which there will be a two-minute silence. Northumbria Police, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and the North East Ambulance Service have all been invited.

999 Day is aimed at highlighting the efficient and effective work of the emergency services; encouraging people to minimise the risk of requiring the emergency services and only requesting them when necessary, encouraging volunteers and educating members of the public.

Members of the public and media are welcome to attend.