Flag flies to honour our emergency services

East Renfrewshire Council will raise a flag to mark Emergency Services Day to honour our communities' unsung heroes.

The flag will fly at the Council headquarters from September 7-10 to coincide with 999 Day which takes place annually on September 9 starting at 9am (the 9th hour of the 9th day of the 9th month).

Provost Jim Fletcher said: “This event gives the whole of East Renfrewshire an opportunity to mark the hard work and contributions of our emergency services colleagues – past and present, who risk their lives on a daily basis, working tirelessly to care for us and ensure our local area is a safe place to live, work and enjoy.”

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Over one million people work in the British emergency services today – many of whom are volunteers, and more than 7,000 personnel have lost their lives in the course of their duties.

The Emergency Services Day aims to promote good citizenship and the effectiveness and efficiency of the emergency services, encouraging people to act responsibly so as to minimise the risk of using the emergency services and emergency services resources.

The Emergency Services Day flag consists of the emergency services badge, which has a circle embedded into it to represent each emergency service, and the Union Flag to represent the service to the United Kingdom. The flag is similar to the Armed Forces Day flag due to the importance of both days.