People across the UK will come together today to honour the almosttwo millionpeople who serve in the NHS and emergency services.
Emergency Services Day, also known as 999 Day, takes place on 9thSeptember each year, however, as Her Majesty The Queen passed away on 8thSeptember, the date for 2022 was rescheduledfor 19thOctober,out of respect for the King and national mourning.
Emergency Services Dayis a Government backed national day and isanopportunityfor the countrytoshow its appreciation for those whowork and volunteerin the NHS, police, fire, ambulance and search and rescue services.
999Day is aimed at promoting efficiency and educating the public about using the services responsibly; it aims to promote emergency services charities; and to highlight the many different career and volunteer roles in the emergency services.
999 Day ishonoured to have the support ofHisMajesty TheKing;HisRoyal Highness ThePrince of Wales; thePrime Minister and First Ministers ofScotland and Wales; and all emergency services.
Emergency Services Day formally begins at 9am when 999 Day flags are raised across the country, followed by two minutes’ silence to remember the more than 7,500 members of the emergency services killed in the line of duty.
Emergency Services Day was founded bypolicemanTom Scholes–Fogg in 2016,after hediscoveredthe UK lacked a national day to honour its emergency servicespersonnel and the work they do.Mr Scholes–Fogg quickly secured Royal and Government support for the day, including from Her Late Majesty The Queen.
Emergency ServicesDay‘s Founder and ChiefExecutive,Tom Scholes–Fogg,said: “The response to 999 Day since I founded it in 2016 has been incredible. It is heart– warming to see thegreat Britishpublic come behind this national day and showtheir support for the people who, day–in, day–out, go above and beyond and run into danger to save life and limbwhen others run away.
“From first responders and your GP, to call–handlers, admin staff and cleaners, those on the frontline could not do their jobs without those behind the scenes doing theirs.
“On 999 Day, I pay tribute to everybody who has served in the NHS andemergency services, and encouragefolksto support ourNHS and 999personnel all year round, not just on 999 Day.”