Emergency Services Day (United Kingdom)

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Emergency Services Day
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Official nameEmergency Services Day
Observed byUnited Kingdom
SignificanceCelebration of the contributions, both past and present, of those who have served in the Emergency Services of the United Kingdom
ObservancesOpen day events, parades, silences, celebrations, thanksgiving
Date9th September

Emergency Services Day (also known as 999 Day) in the United Kingdom is an annual event on 9th September each year to promote efficiency in the UK Emergency Services, to educate the public about using the emergency services responsibly, and to promote volunteering across the emergency services in positions such as Special Constables and NHS Community Responders.[1] [2] The inaugural Emergency Services Day took place on 9th September 2018. The 999 Day begins from 9am to represent the 9th hour of the 9th day of the 9th month.[3]


The Emergency Services Day is part of the National Emergency Services Memorial, UK. It was founded by Tom Scholes-Fogg in August 2016 and launched in September 2017.[1] [4]

The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May supports the Emergency Services Memorial and the Emergency Services Day (United Kingdom).[5][6] [7] The Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn has also given his support for the Emergency Services Day.[8]

Emergency Services Day 2018[edit]

The inaugural main national 999 Day event took place on Sunday 9th September 2018 at Heaton Park, Manchester, England from 9am until 4pm.[4][9]

Emergency Services Day 2019[edit]

The charity announced in November 2018 that the main national Emergency Services Day event in 2019 would be held in Edinburgh, Scotland.[10]

Emergency Services Day 2020[edit]

The charity announced in December 2018 that the main national Emergency Services Day event in 2020 would be held in Northern Ireland.[11]

Emergency Services Day 2021[edit]

The charity announced in December 2018 that the main national Emergency Services Day event in 2021 would be held in Wales.[11]


  1. ^ a b NESM.org.uk (2 September 2017). "Welcome, National Emergency Services Memorial". UK: NESM.org.uk. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  2. ^ charitycommission.gov.uk (2 September 2017). "1172996 - THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY SERVICES MEMORIAL". England and Wales: charitycommission.gov.uk. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  3. ^ 999day.org.uk (3 September 2018). "999 Day, The Official Emergency Services Day". UK: 999day.org.uk. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  4. ^ a b 999Day (2 September 2018). "999 Day, The Official Emergency Services Day". UK: www.999day.org.uk. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  5. ^ Theresa May [@Theresa_May] (9 September 2018). "I would like to thank everyone working in our emergency services on #999DayUK. They go above and beyond every day to help save lives and keep us safe" (Tweet). Retrieved 23 September 2018 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ David Wooding, The Sun (2 September 2017). "The Sun, Theresa May joins forces with three former PMs to lead campaign to honour UK's emergency services". UK: TheSun.co.uk. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  7. ^ Hatty Collier, Evening Standard (2 September 2018). "Evening Standard, '999 day' planned to celebrate emergency services workers". UK: www.standard.co.uk. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  8. ^ Jeremy Corbyn [@JeremyCorbyn] (8 September 2018). "I'm proud to support @Official999Day, and back the campaign for a lasting memorial to those who have died in the line of duty and for all public servants who work for us day in, day out" (Tweet). Retrieved 23 September 2018 – via Twitter.
  9. ^ BBC News (9 September 2018). "BBC, "First '999 day' honours emergency services across the UK"". UK: www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  10. ^ Official999Day (28 November 2018). "JUST ANNOUNCED: The second Emergency Services Day (the main national event) will be held on Sunday 8th September 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland". Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  11. ^ a b Official999Day (11 December 2018). "JEmergency Services Day - 9th September each year! 2018: Manchester, England, 2019: Edinburgh, Scotland, 2020: Northern Ireland, 2021: Wales". Retrieved 27 December 2018.