Guernsey Press

Emergency services mark the courage of colleagues

GUERNSEY’S emergency services gathered for a two-minute silence on Saturday morning to remember colleagues who have been killed or injured in the line of duty.

Staff from the blue light and other emergency services marked the annual Emergency Services Day at the Fire Station on Saturday. (Pictures by Luke Le Prevost, 32514793)

Represented at the parade at the fire station were members of Guernsey Police, Fire & Rescue Service, St John Ambulance, the Joint Emergency Services Control Centre, Coastguard, RNLI lifeboat, and Airport Fire Service.

Chief fire officer Jon Le Page spoke at the event.

‘It is easy to sing the praises of all of our colleagues in the emergency services, however it is also easy to forget that day-in day-out, collectively, we are there to support the community in their times of need,’ he said.

Chief fire officer Jon Le Page offered his congratulations to those in all the emergency services for their hard work and for supporting islanders in their time of need. (32514809)

‘Whether it be an RTC, a fire, a crime, an issue at sea, a heart attack, a missing person, or one of a huge number of other potential incidents – as a group, Guernsey’s emergency services are always prepared to put themselves in harm’s way to help others.

‘For that, I’d like to say a huge congratulations to everyone for their hard work.’

The event, known nationally as Emergency Services Day, takes place annually on the ninth hour of the ninth day of the ninth month of the year.

It provides an opportunity to highlight the work of blue light and the other emergency services, encourage their use responsibly, and promote career and volunteer opportunities within the sector.

Firefighter Jim Sheppard rang a bell nine times before the two-minute silence. (32514811)

Home Affairs president Deputy Rob Prow, said he wanted to thank all of the emergency services on behalf of the people of Guernsey.

‘Guernsey remains a truly brilliant place to live, and that is very much down to the work all of these people do to help us when we are in need.

‘The island would not be the place it is without them, and it is important we take a moment to recognise that, and the sacrifices they make.’