South Yorkshire Fire Stations to fall silent for Firefighters Memorial Day

Today South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and other fire services across the country will fall silent at midday in memory of firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

This is the second time there has been a Firefighters Memorial Day, following last year’s inaugural commemoration.

This year’s remembrance also coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Fire Brigades Union – the main union that firefighters are attached to as members.

The minute’s silence will commence at 12pm with a brief sounding of sirens, a bell toll or a blow of whistles.

Today is also International Firefighters Day.