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Speech by the Home Affairs Minister about 999 Day

09 September 2020

Emergency Services personnel lined up outside Fire and Rescue Headquarters

​"Our 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 Emergency Services 999 Day, today.

"As Home Affairs Minister, I am immensely proud of the dedicated men and women on our front line, who each and every day protect us from harm, deliver us from danger and tend to us in our hours of need.  

"You all 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 you on this day.

"The pressures brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic have quite rightly brought the work of our emergency services to the forefront of our minds over recent months, and as I said in the States Assembly yesterday, I express my sincere and unreserved gratitude to you all, for your service dedication and commitment during this turbulent and challenging period.

"Most of you did not, as we did, have the option to work from home. You continued to put yourselves in the line of risk everyday to continue providing the excellent services we all benefit from and have rightly come to expect.

"Today will not just be marked here in Jersey but nationally too and before we pause to undertake the two minute silence, I ask everyone to remember all those colleagues throughout the British Isles who daily endanger their lives to ensure our health, safety and well-being, and those that have sadly died whilst in the line of duty…let us remember them."

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