Special day to honour NHS and Emergency Services workers


Enfield Council will be honouring and supporting the heroic people who work for the NHS and the emergency services in the UK on Emergency Services Day.

The Emergency Services Day flag will be raised outside Enfield’s Civic Centre in Silver Street, and the building will be lit up in blue light on the evening on Wednesday 19 October.

Emergency Services Day was deferred from its usual annual date of 9 September, following the death of Her Majesty the Queen.

Emergency Services Day promotes the work of the emergency services, educates the public about using the emergency services responsibly and is an opportunity for 999 services to engage with the communities they serve.

The day is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the many career and volunteering opportunities available.

Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Cohesion at Enfield Council, Cllr Gina Needs, said: “It is with immense gratitude that we commemorate Emergency Services Day.

“This day gives us the opportunity to pause, reflect and show our support for the heroic people working for the NHS and emergency services including the many volunteers who help deliver this vital work and in doing so keep us safe and provide such vital assistance in times of need.

“Our emergency services continue to respond with remarkable resilience and compassion, and we are grateful that this incredible level of support continues, paying tribute to those who are dedicated in helping others.

“Enfield Council would like to offer a heart-felt ‘thank you’ on behalf of all our residents to the amazing emergency services personnel in our borough and across the UK who continue to work under unprecedented pressure to keep the country safe and moving.”

Flags will be raised across the UK on 19 October from government departments, across the emergency services and from many local authority buildings.

A two-minute period of silence will be observed at 9am to remember the 7,500 members of the emergency services killed in the line of duty over the last 200 years.

Approximately two million people work and volunteer across the NHS and emergency services today and many are volunteers, without whom the emergency services could not operate effectively.

Click here for further information on Emergency Services Day

There are six main branches of the emergency services: Police, Fire and Rescue, Ambulance, NHS, maritime (Coastguard and Lifeboats) and Search and Rescue (Mountain, Lowland, Mine and Cave).

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