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Emergency Services Day (also known as 999 Day) is a national day across the UK. It is supported by HM The Queen, the Prime Minister and First Ministers of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

999 Day is your chance to support the heroic men and women of the NHS and emergency services.

#999Day promotes the work of the emergency services, promotes using the emergency services responsibly, educates the public about basic lifesaving skills, and promotes the many career and volunteering opportunities available.

Volunteers are an essential part of the emergency services family and they play a core part in keeping Britain safe. 999 volunteer roles include; Special Constables, Retained Firefighters, NHS Community Responders, St John Ambulance, RNLI, Search and Rescue and Coastguard volunteers.

The Emergency Services Day:

  • Promotes our 999 heroes who serve / have served.
  • Promotes career and volunteer opportunities across the emergency services.
  • Promotes using the emergency services responsibly.
  • Educates the public on essential life-saving skills.
  • Promotes emergency services charities and the work they do.
  • Promotes campaigns being run by frontline emergency services.

In addition to the 999 Day, we organise the UK’s annual Emergency Services Festival of Thanksgiving, also known as the 999 Festival. You can find out more about the 999 Festival by clicking here.

Who’s behind the 999 Day?:

Tom Scholes-Fogg is the Founder and Chief Executive of the Emergency Services Day. He decided to set the day up after discovering that there was no annual day across Britain to honour our 999 heroes. Tom then secured the support of the then Prime Minister, Theresa May, who backed his vision. The 999 Day has seen HM The Queen, HRH The Prince of Wales, HRH The Duke of Cambridge and many others promoting the 999 Day and visiting first responders. Tom is also a police officer within a major English police force, and is the Founder and Chief Executive of the UK’s 999 Cenotaph.

Keith Fraser is the Deputy Chief Executive of the Emergency Services Day. He served as a senior police officer and is currently the Chair of the Youth Justice Board of England and Wales, having been appointed by the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice in April 2020. Keith is also Chair of the 999 Cenotaph.

In Lancashire a 2-minute silence will be held at 9am Thursday morning at Lancashire Police Headquarters to remember the more than 7,500 emergency service personnel killed in the line of duty in the last 200 years and the many more who have been injured or died as a result of their service.