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Giving thanks for Firefighters in Grangetown

International Firefighters' Day, 4th May.

firefighters lined up outside grangetown fire station.

Earlier this month, members of the Eston Remembrance Committee joined local firefighters at Grangetown Community Fire Station to observe a minute’s silence at 12 noon to remember their fallen colleagues.

International Firefighters’ Day, also known as Firefighters’ Memorial Day, is observed annually on 4th May. Alongside remembering those lost in service, the day provides an opportunity to show appreciation and thanks for firefighters currently serving worldwide.

Leading up to the act of remembrance, the Revd Graham Potter (Rector of Christ Church Eston, with St. George Normanby) led those present in the firefighter’s prayer:

“When I am called to duty, God, wherever flames may rage,
give me strength to save a life, whatever be its age.
Help me to embrace a little child before it’s too late,
or save an older person from the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert to hear the weakest shout,
and quickly and efficiently to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me,
to guard my neighbour and protect his property.
And if according to your will I have to lose my life,
bless with your protecting hand my loving family from strife.”

The Revd Graham Potter said, “Sadly, this date isn’t that well known by the general public and often firefighters stand on the forecourt of the station, on parade, in remembrance alone. We wanted to show them they are supported by the community and join them in remembering those who give their lives.”