City of York Council is marking Emergency Services Day on 9 September by lighting its city walls red, white and blue to celebrate and honour all our emergency services and NHS.
Emergency Services Day, also known as 999 Day, is a national day celebrated across the UK. It is supported by HM The Queen, the Prime Minister and First Ministers of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Cllr Keith Aspen, Leader of City of York Council, said:
Thank you to everyone who works or volunteers in the NHS, Police, Fire and Rescue, Ambulance, maritime and Search and Rescue services. Also those who might not be emergency services but who work closely to support them, such as public sector workers in social care and council staff.
“Every day our emergency services show such resilience and bravery in the face of adversity. Never more so than over the last year during the pandemic. To mark this important day we’ll be lighting our city walls red, white and blue to help celebrate how York comes together in times of crisis.”
Tom Scholes-Fogg, Founder and CEO of Emergency Services Day, said:
I am delighted that the great City of York is celebrating 999 Day and all those who serve in the NHS and 999 family. We are all forever indebted to those who run into danger when others run away, and to those who put others before themselves.
999 Day is a chance to support the heroic men and women of the NHS and emergency services. It all helps to inform 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.