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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Firefighters' International Service of Thanksgiving at Alrewas

01/05/2015

Members of the Ceremonial Squard at the thanksgiving service
Members of the Ceremonial Squad at the thanksgiving service

Hundreds of firefighters from across the United Kingdom will be attending a high profile service of thanksgiving in Staffordshire.

"It is once again a privilege to welcome colleagues from across the United Kingdom to Staffordshire for this ceremony of thanksgiving and remembrance. It is particularly pertinent at the moment with firefighters from across the UK currently in Nepal assisting their colleagues in the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal which has claimed the lives of thousands of people."

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford

The Annual International Service of Thanksgiving will be held at the National Arboretum in Alrewas on Sunday, May 10.

The ceremony will give thanks to firefighters from the UK who protect communities at home and abroad, including those who are currently assisting with the rescue efforts in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Nepal. It will also honour international Fire and Rescue Service colleagues.

The Firefighters Memorial Trust will host the event, which starts at 11.30am, with the support of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford will be attending the ceremony as President of the Chief Fire Officers Association.

Director of Prevent and Protect Dean Stevens will be representing the Service along with Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority Councillor Len Bloomer.

Representatives from Fire and Rescue Services from across the UK will be attending the ceremony.

Former and serving firefighters, their families and friends as well as members of the public are invited to attend the service.

The National Fire Cadets will provide a guard of honour and co-ordinate the laying of personal and Service wreaths.

The Band of the West Midlands Fire Service will perform along with the Pipe Band of the West Midlands Fire Service. The Choir of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service will also be performing.

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said: "It is once again a privilege to welcome colleagues from across the United Kingdom to Staffordshire for this ceremony of thanksgiving and remembrance. It is particularly pertinent at the moment with firefighters from across the UK currently in Nepal assisting their colleagues in the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal which has claimed the lives of thousands of people.

"Firefighters risk their lives on a daily basis in order to keep the communities that they serve safe. Their courage and dedication is an inspiration as they deal with major incidents such as wildfires that can destroy entire communities to house fires and road traffic collisions which threaten the lives of those involved.

"The Annual International Service of Thanksgiving is always an incredibly moving occasion where we say thank-you to serving crew members and take the time to remember and appreciate our colleagues who have sacrificed their own lives in order to help others."