Emergency Services Day to thank and celebrate blue light services in Suffolk

Date: 04 September 2018

Time: 13:00

Suffolk’s 999 services are joining together to mark Emergency Services Day on Sunday 9th September.

More than one million people work in the British emergency services today, many of whom are volunteers, and this day celebrates the work they do and how we can all act responsibly to support them.

Suffolk’s emergency services, including the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, will be sharing insights, tips and information on social media throughout the day. Leaders and Chief Officers have also signed a joint letter to thank everyone involved in keeping Suffolk safe.

When you think of 999 services, you will often picture firefighters, paramedics and police constables who are on the frontline. However, there are networks of people behind the scenes who complete the team. They could be volunteers supporting their local station, control room staff taking 999 calls, education teams going into schools or administrative staff managing data. There are also specialist services such as RNLI, Coastguard rescue teams and Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue.

Suffolk’s emergency services not only work together at emergencies, such as gas leaks or road traffic accidents, but are increasingly sharing premises and facilities. There are now five shared community fire and ambulance stations, located in Brandon, Bury St Edmunds, two in Lowestoft and a recently opened building in Sudbury. Police and fire services now have nine shared centres in Clare, Debenham, Elmswell, Felixstowe, Framlingham, Ixworth, Newmarket, Saxmundham and Woodbridge.

Councillor Richard Rout, Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection for Suffolk County Council, said: “We have already seen success across Suffolk where our emergency services are working closely together. Partnerships like these create more opportunities for blue light collaboration and, importantly, closer working with local communities. In addition, sharing such facilities means public money can be saved and directed more efficiently into frontline services.”

Tim Passmore, Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I am absolutely delighted to celebrate Emergency Services Day with colleagues from the county’s blue light services and the people of Suffolk.

“We work very closely with emergency services across Suffolk, particularly the fire service. This collaboration is absolutely key to meeting the financial challenges that we face, which in turn has a positive impact on the people we serve. Our shared police/fire stations are working really well, and we are seeing the benefits of reduced operating costs and improved joint working. I am committed to building on this shared working over the coming years.”

As part of Emergency Services Day on Sunday 9 September, Suffolk’s crews will share advice on social media about how you can assist them in their daily work. For example, be considerate when parking in residential areas to give emergency vehicles plenty of room to get through. If you’re driving and see blue lights behind you, pull over and stop as soon as it’s safe to do so, whilst staying off kerbs, pavements and verges.

If you would like to support Suffolk’s emergency services, volunteering with the ambulance, police or fire services is a great way to help. There are many different roles you can fill, including special constables, NHS community responders and Community Fire volunteers. Contact Volunteer Suffolk for more information www.volunteersuffolk.org.uk

  • Summary:

    Suffolk’s 999 services are joining together to mark Emergency Services Day on Sunday 9th September.