9th May 2012
The annual Service of Thanksgiving for the work of the United Kingdom Fire and Rescue Services is to be held at the Firefighters Serving Humanity Monument at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire this weekend.
Representatives from Fire and Rescue Services around the UK will be attending the service which starts at 12 noon on Sunday, 13 May, alongside retired firefighters, local politicians, and other associated groups.
Fire Minister Bob Neil MP, Vij Randeniya, WMFS’ Chief Fire Officer and Cllr John Edwards, Chairman of the West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority will be attending.
The Pipe and Wind Bands of the West Midlands Fire Service will lead the parade which will also feature the organisations Standard Bearers, Retired Firefighter Tony Ball and Firefighter Neil Kinsey
While the occasion is a celebration of the work of the Fire Service, it is also presents an opportunity for reflection and a chance for many to remember injured and fallen colleagues.
The Service is organised under the auspices of the Firefighters Memorial Charitable Trust and will be conducted by the Reverend Canon Peter Mortimer MBE TD MA FRSA, Chaplin to the Trust.
The Firefighters Memorial Charitable Trust is responsible for both the Firefighters Monument at the Arboretum at Alrewas, and Fire Service National Memorial near St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, on which the names of more than two thousand firefighters who have died during the course of duty, are inscribed.
Date: 23rd May 2013