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Firefighters' International Service of Thanksgiving

11/05/2017

Annual International Service of Thanksgiving
Annual International Service of Thanksgiving

Hundreds of firefighters from across the United Kingdom are set to attend a high profile thanksgiving service in Staffordshire.

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

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Rob Barber

The Annual International Service of Thanksgiving will be held at the National Arboretum in Alrewas on Sunday, May 14.

The ceremony will give thanks to firefighters from the UK who protect communities at home and abroad. It will also honour Fire and Rescue Service colleagues from around the globe.

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

Deputy Chief Fire Officer (DCFO) Rob Barber and Stephen Sweeney, chairman of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority will attend along with crews from Lichfield Community Fire Station.

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.

DCFO Rob Barber said: “It is a privilege to once again welcome colleagues from across the United Kingdom to Staffordshire for this important ceremony of thanksgiving and remembrance.

“Every day around the world firefighters risk their lives 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 unite to say thank you to serving crew members and take the time to remember and appreciate our colleagues who have sacrificed their own lives to help others.”