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SWT to mark national Emergency Services Day

08 September 2021 : Council news, Community

SWT to mark national Emergency Services Day

SWT will mark national Emergency Services Day with a flag raising ceremony at Deane House, Taunton.

The 999 Flag will be raised on Thursday 9 September. A flag will also be flown at West Somerset House in Williton.

National Emergency Services Day takes place on 9 September every year. Two minutes silence is held at 9am (the 9th hour of the 9th day of the 9th month) to remember emergency services personnel killed as a result of their duties.

The day gives an opportunity to promote the work of the emergency services, educate the public and promote volunteering opportunities.

The Covid-safe ceremony will be led by the Mayor’s Chaplain, Rev James Clapham, with the Mayor of Taunton, Cllr Sue Lees, inviting guests to observe a minute’s silence.

The Chair of SWT, Cllr Hazel Prior-Sankey, will also be speaking along with Mr Chris Davies, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Somerset; Mr Thomas Sheppard, High Sheriff of Somerset; and representatives from the Avon and Somerset Police, the Devon and Somerset Fire Service and the South Western Ambulance Service Trust.

Guests include members of the Exmoor Search and Rescue Team and the Somerset Accident Voluntary Emergency Service (SAVES).

Cllr Hazel Prior -Sankey said: “SWT is proud to show its support for the emergency services across our area by flying the 999 Flag.

“The events of the last 18 months have only served to highlight their dedication and it is wonderful that we have this opportunity to show our lasting appreciation.”

Cllr Sue Lees added: “The emergency services are always there for us when we need them, working tirelessly to serve and protect the community.
“We are honoured to host this important event and show our lasting respect and gratitude for all our emergency services, and to recognise the many ways they help support us all.”