What is 999 Day? Why is Emergency Services Day celebrated in UK?
Emergency Services Day, otherwise called 999 Day, is a Government-supported national annual event day across the United Kingdom (UK) which happens on 9th September. It is praised to promote efficiency in the UK Emergency Services, to teach people in general about using the emergency services responsibly, and to advance volunteering over the emergency services in positions, for example, Special Constables and NHS Community Responders.
Emergency Services Day (999 Day) is supported by the Prime Minister and First Ministers of Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. It is your opportunity to show your help for the selfless people who work and volunteer in the NHS and emergency services.
Emergency Services Day starts at 9 am on 9th September (9th hour of the 9th day of the 9th month) with two minutes’ silence to remember the over 7,500 individuals from the emergency services who have been killed because of their obligations. It is followed by the 999 Day flag being raised.
999 Day promotes the work of the emergency services, advances using the emergency services capably, teaches the general society about fundamental lifesaving skills, and advances the many career and volunteering opportunities accessible.
Volunteers are a basic aspect of the emergency services family and they play a core part in protecting Britain. 999 volunteer roles incorporate; Special Constables, Retained Firefighters, NHS Community Responders, St John Ambulance, RNLI, Search and Rescue, and Coastguard volunteers.
It additionally expects to teach the general population on using the services responsibly, as well as fund-raising for good cause and to feature the different career and volunteer roles in the emergency services.
The Emergency Services Day:
- Promotes our 999 legends who serve/have served.
- Promotes career and volunteer opportunities over emergency services.
- Promotes using emergency services responsibly.
- Instructs people in general on fundamental life-saving skills.
- Promotes emergency services charities and the work they do.
- Promotes campaigns being controlled by frontline emergency services.
Who’s behind the 999 Day?:
Tom Scholes-Fogg is the Founder and CEO of the Emergency Services Day. He decided to set the day up in the wake of finding that there was no annual day across Britain to respect our 999 heroes. Tom at that point made sure about the help of then Prime Minister, Theresa May, who sponsored his vision. The 999 Day has seen HM The Queen, HRH The Prince of Wales, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, and numerous others advancing the 999 Day and visiting first responders. Tom is additionally a police officer within a significant English police force and is the Founder and CEO of the UK’s 999 Cenotaph.
Keith Fraser is the Deputy CEO of the Emergency Services Day. He served as a senior police officer and is presently the Chair of the Youth Justice Board of England and Wales, having been delegated by the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice in April 2020. Keith is additionally Chair of the 999 Cenotaph.
Open day events are held on the closest Sunday to 999 Day, with one primary national open day turning over the UK The debut Emergency Services Day occurred on 9 September 2018. The 999 Day begins at 9 am to represent the 9th hour of the 9th day of the 9th month.
The general population is being urged to fly the flag of 999 Day and to share and advance emergency services charity on social media.
Coordinators said the event is a chance to honor the 2,000,000 individuals who work and volunteer over the NHS and emergency services, including over 250,000 first responders.