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Service marks ‘999 Day’ with events and two minute silence

Today, Thursday 9th September, we joined the nation in marking Emergency Services Day (999 Day).

A small group of LAS staff observing a silence in our headquarters memorial garden

This annual event honours the fantastic work of all staff and volunteers in the emergency services and we are proud to take part at London Ambulance Service.

At 9am on Thursday morning a small group of our staff gathered outside our headquarters in Waterloo – in our memorial garden – to observe a two minute silence, joining the nation in a moment of reflection and remembrance.

This gave us the opportunity to acknowledge the hard work of our teams and our emergency services partners throughout the pandemic.

It was also an opportunity to remember those colleagues who we have sadly lost.

We reflect on the fantastic collaboration with our emergency services partners, who have supported us throughout this challenging time – and continue to do so.

Our Chief Medical Officer, Dr Fenella Wrigley led the two minutes of silence and gave a short speech.

Our Ceremonial Unit in their formal dress at the Guildhall event with a flag lowered
Our Ceremonial Unit at the Guildhall event

Meanwhile, our new Chief Executive Daniel Elkeles, Trust Board Chair Heather Lawrence and a number of colleagues from across our Service joined partners at a 999 Day flag-raising event at the City of London’s Guildhall.

Alongside Daniel and Heather were our Ceremonial Unit and senior operational colleagues, paramedics and ambulance crew, 111 and 999 call handlers, nurses and volunteer Emergency Responders.

Here the two minutes’ silence was also observed, to remember those members of the emergency services who have lost their lives as a result of their duties, followed by short speeches by the Lord Mayor and the Commissioner of the City of London Police.

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