SFRS honour fallen firefighters on Firefighters' Memorial Day

On Thursday 4 May, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) joined fire services across the UK in commemorating Firefighters’ Memorial Day, a day dedicated to honouring firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

At 12 noon, our crews paraded outside their stations to participate in a minute’s silence to mark the occasion.

On this day, we remember the bravery and sacrifice of our fallen colleagues, including firefighter Barry Martin, who lost his life responding to a fire in Edinburgh earlier this year.

As we remember Barry and all firefighters who have given their lives, we also recognise the bravery and commitment of our retired and current firefighters, who continue to put their lives on the line every day to protect the people of Scotland.

SFRS Chief Officer Ross Haggart said: "Firefighters’ Memorial Day is a time for us to come together as a community to honour and remember the selflessness and courage of our fallen firefighters.

“I am proud to pay tribute to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect others. It is a solemn reminder of the risks our crews take every day to protect the people of Scotland.

“This year’s Firefighters’ Memorial Day is particularly poignant for us given the tragic passing away of Barry Martin in January.

“Let us take a moment to reflect and express our gratitude for the bravery and dedication of our current firefighters and those we have sadly lost.”

Victims and Community Safety Minister Siobhian Brown said: “Firefighters' Memorial Day provides us all with the opportunity to reflect and remember firefighters across the world who have lost their lives in keeping communities safe.

“The Scottish Government is grateful to have dedicated and professional firefighters, who stand ready to put their personal safety at risk to save others.”