999 Day UK

999 Day UK Quick Facts

AKA NameEmergency Services Day
2023 Date9 September 2023
2024 Date9 September 2024

999 Day UK

999 Day UK celebrates the hard work and dedication of emergency services personnel across the United Kingdom. This day is an opportunity to show appreciation for their role in serving local communities and for the sacrifices they make, including putting their own lives at risk. The observance aims to raise awareness about the importance of the emergency services, provide potentially life-saving information, and encourage future generations to consider a career in the sector.

Though relatively recent in origin, 999 Day UK has quickly become an important event, particularly for those directly involved with the emergency services. The day was established in 2017 by Tom Scholes-Fogg, a serving Special Constable and former parliamentary staffer. The day is supported by the National Emergency Services Memorial (NESM) charity. The date symbolises the pivotal work of emergency services personnel, who are often the first to arrive at the scene of an incident and the last to leave.

999 Day UK is observed through diverse events and activities that actively involve the emergency services and local communities, aiming to promote support and understanding. These activities include educational sessions at schools, emergency service demonstrations, and charity fundraising events. The day also provides an opportunity for individuals to speak with local emergency personnel and learn about their work. 999 Day UK is observed on the 9th of September every year, with the '9th hour of the 9th day of the 9th month' reflecting the observance's namesake emergency phone number.

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999 Day UK Facts

  • The flag used on 999 Day UK is the Emergency Services Flag, which was created to represent all emergency services in the United Kingdom. It features a blue, red, and green stripe, representing the police, fire and rescue, and ambulance services, respectively.
  • The number 9 was chosen as it is less likely to be dialed accidentally, given its position on the rotary dial phones that were in use at the time of its introduction.

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  • At 9:00 AM every 999 Day, the UK holds a two minute silence in tribute to more than 7,000 emergency services personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty
  • Many local fire stations hold open days on 999 Day. There are often a variety of activities, like the chance to explore fire engines or watch firefighting demonstrations.
  • Some towns and cities run public events to acknowledge the emergency services on this day. They involve processions or parades and are seen as a great way for the community to show their appreciation.
  • Participate in workshops and educational sessions hosted by emergency services personnel to learn about life-saving techniques such as CPR, first aid, and fire safety.
  • Consider visiting a museum dedicated to emergency services history, such as the Greater Manchester Police Museum, the National Emergency Services Museum in Sheffield, or the London Fire Brigade Museum.

999 Day UK References and Related Sites

www.999day.org.uk: 999 Day UK
www.999day.org.uk: About 999 Day

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