Published: Friday, 8th September 2023
On Friday 8 September 2023 at 9am, Sevenoaks District Council Chairman, Cllr Alan Layland, raised a flag in honour of the two million people who serve in the NHS and emergency services.
The Chairman was joined by representatives from Kent Police, Kent Fire and Rescue Service and South East Coast Ambulance Service, Lord Robert Sackville Deputy Lieutenant of Kent, Council Leader Cllr Julia Thornton, Deputy Council Leader Cllr Perry Cole and Council staff.
Emergency Services Day, also known as 999 Day, is not only a chance to support the heroic men and women of the NHS and emergency services but also promotes using the services responsibly, informs the public about basic lifesaving skills, and promotes the many career and volunteering opportunities available.
Following the raising of the flag, there was a two minutes’ silence to remember the more than 7,500 members of the emergency services killed in the line of duty.
Cllr Alan Layland says: “Our blue light services, NHS workers and emergency volunteers help protect and keep us safe day in and day out, often putting themselves in harm’s way to help others. Today was a chance for us to say thank you.”