THE chief executive of the Welsh Ambulance Service has paid tribute to ambulance personnel and blue light partners across the UK as part of Emergency Services Day.
The event, also known as 999 Day, starts at 9am on the ninth day of the ninth month with a national two-minute silence to mark the 7,000 emergency workers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
It also aims to promote the work of the emergency services, volunteering opportunities and campaigns being led by the emergency services.
Chief executive Jason Killens praised the “fantastic people” across the Welsh Ambulance Service and colleagues from the military who have supported the Trust through the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said: “As we celebrate Emergency Services day across the UK today I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to our fantastic people right across the ambulance service here in Wales and of course across the UK too.
“It is also right that I pay tribute to and thank our emergency service colleagues in the military who have been with us and helped us so much through our response to the pandemic this year and of course it continues today.
“So as we celebrate National Emergency Services Day across the UK I want to finish again by paying tribute to my fantastic team here and right across Team WAST here at the Welsh Ambulance Service.”
Emergency service workers and the wider public are encouraged to mark 999 Day. The inaugural event took place in 2018 and was founded by serving police officer and former parliamentary adviser Tom Scholes-Fogg.