Emergency Services Day (also known as 999 Day) is a national day across the UK which promotes the work of the emergency services, encourages the public to use the emergency services responsibly, and educates the public about basic lifesaving skills. In marking the day, the Member of the Welsh Parliament for Aberconwy – Janet Finch-Saunders MS/AS – has encouraged residents to explore local opportunities to volunteer or take up a career in benefit of public service.
Celebrating the work of the emergency services, Janet said:
“Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we have been reminded of the selflessness and necessity of the emergency services. It can be hard to fully quantify our appreciation of the dedicated hard work that our first responders have shown throughout this period, and their unwavering commitment continues day in and day out. “This altruism is also underlined on their national day – using the moment to educate the public about basic lifesaving skills, such as CPR and water safety procedures. On behalf of the constituents of Aberconwy, I wish to say a massive thank you to the millions of people who work and volunteer in the emergency services across the country. “There is no greater joy and honour than public service and working to make your community and country a better place. Volunteers are an essential part of the emergency services family, and they play a core part in keeping the United Kingdom safe. If you have been inspired by the acts of gallantry over the last eighteen months, I would encourage you to look into the local opportunities available.”
999 volunteer roles include Special Constables, Retained Firefighters, NHS Community Responders, St John Ambulance, RNLI, Search and Rescue and Coastguard volunteers.