London Fire Brigade and the Firefighters Memorial Trust will mark the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks this weekend.
On Sunday (11 September) staff will attend Remembering with Hope, a special service at St Paul’s Cathedral to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and the 20th anniversary of the Firefighters Memorial Trust.
Chairman of the London Fire Authority, Councillor Brian Coleman, and London Fire Commissioner, Ron Dobson will attend the service and afterwards they will place a wreath at the Firefighters Memorial, which is outside St Paul’s. The wreath laying ceremony will also commemorate firefighters from across the UK who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Chairman and Leader of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, Cllr Brian Coleman, said:
“I was sickened by these despicable acts of terrorism. What happened in the United States that day ten years ago was an abomination. I join the rest of London, and indeed the United Kingdom, in remembering all those affected by this terrible atrocity.
“We will never forget those who died - innocent bystanders and brave emergency service workers alike.”
London Fire Commissioner, Ron Dobson, said:
“My thoughts and deepest sympathy are with the friends, families and loved ones of all those who lost their lives on that terrible day, these include 343 of my firefighting colleagues.
“London Fire Brigade has a close relationship with New York City Fire Department so this anniversary is all the more poignant.”
Gerry Clarkson, Founder Chairman of the UK Firefighters Memorial Trust said:
"The remembrance service in St Paul's Cathedral and wreath laying ceremony afterwards is not only to remember the great tragedy of 9/11, where so many lost their lives, but to do so with real hope for the future.
“We are particularly honouring the sacrifice that all emergency services are called upon to make in their efforts to protect their respective communities.”
Commissioner Ron Dobson and Cllr Brian Coleman will be joined at St Paul’s by Fire Authority members Cllr Gareth Bacon and Cllr Navin Shah. Deputy Fire Commissioner, Rita Dexter and Assistant Commissioners Steve Turek, Steve Hamm, Dave Brown and Andy Hickmott will also be present. Two firefighters, Steve Hands and Martin Garrard, from Purley Fire Station will be attending and will be joined by trainee firefighter, Sean Oakley, who will light a commemorative candle at the service.
The 10 year anniversary will also be marked by firefighters across London. A minute’s silence will be held at fire stations across the capital at 13.46, which is the time the first plane hit the World Trade Centre. Firefighters will parade outside fire stations and station flags will be flown at half mast.
The Brigade is inviting members of the public to leave messages of condolence on its Facebook page. All messages will then be passed onto colleagues in the New York City Fire Department (FDNY).
Notes to editors
The wreath laying ceremony will take place after the St Paul's service and will begin at 12.45 and will end at 13.30.
About the Firefighters Memorial Trust
The Firefighters Memorial Charitable Trust was established in 1991 and the Trust negotiated a site to the south of St Paul’s Cathedral where a suitable memorial could be placed. It is at the top of the new City Walkway which is also approachable from the south bank of the Thames via the new Millennium Pedestrian Bridge.
You can find out more about the Firefighters Memorial Trust on their website.
St Paul’s Cathedral service
The event will begin at 11am and is expected to finish at midday. It is a ticket only service. For more information, please contact St Paul’s Cathedral on 020 7246 8350.
If you would like to film at or photograph the wreath laying ceremony or film at or photograph firefighters at fire stations please contact Emma Cullen on 020 8536 5922 or 0777 411 2351.
You can leave a message of condolence on the Brigade's Facebook page at http://facebook.com/londonfirebrigade