08 September 2020
The life-saving work of Jersey’s emergency services is due to be recognised on Wednesday as the Island takes part in a national day to honour 999 workers.
Emergency Services Day, also known as 999 Day, promotes the work of the emergency services, the importance of calling 999 responsibly and also aims to educate the public about basic life-saving skills as well as the career and volunteering opportunities available.
A two-minute silence is due to be held on Wednesday at 9am – the ninth hour of the ninth day of the ninth month – to remember those who have lost their lives while in service.
Personnel from the Ambulance Service; the Coastguard; Channel Islands Air Search; the RNLI; Jersey Fire and Rescue Service, the States of Jersey Police and the Honorary Police will attend the ceremony outside Jersey Fire and Rescue Service’s headquarters. The Minister for Home Affairs, Connétable Len Norman, and his Assistant Minister Deputy Gregory Guida, will also be in attendance.
Connétable Norman said: "The emergency services play a vital role in protecting Islanders and so it is fantastic that we can recognise the work of the services, and the people behind them, on 999 Day.
"The pressures brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic has quite rightly brought the work of our emergency services to the forefront of our minds. Our emergency services work tirelessly 24-hours-a-day, 365 days of the year to keep us safe and to protect our Island so it is only right that we honour them by holding this day."