Fire and Rescue services (FRS) across the country have come together to create a national fire service calendar in celebration of the 75th anniversary of The Firefighters Charity.
The ‘National Fire Fighters Charity Calendar 2018’ will be the first produced of its kind, bringing together images of significant incidents from all over the UK.
Next year (2018) The Fire Fighters Charity will mark its 75th anniversary.
It will reflect on its evolution, from its roots as a fund to support the families of firefighters killed during the Blitz, to a nationwide provider of specialist health and wellbeing services for the entire fire community.
The calendar captures firefighters tackling a variety of incidents, highlighting the gruelling work faced every day by those on the frontline.
The fire service has been under the spotlight this year, with outcries of support for firefighters who run towards danger when others away – and what better way to show support than to donate to The Fire Fighters Charity.
All of this has been co-ordinated by Assistant District Commander at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service but includes contributions from: London Fire Brigade, South Yorkshire FRS, Avon FRS, Humberside FRS, Scottish FRS, Northern Ireland FRS, Mid and West Wales FRS, Devon and Somerset FRS, Staffordshire FRS and South Wales!
WYFRS has a long history of supporting the charity and raised around £220,000 last year which enabled 134 of its staff to receive treatments and services.
Chief Fire Officer John Roberts said:“ The National Fire Fighters Charity calendar captures images from around the UK depicting firefighters performing their emergency response roles, often in arduous and dangerous conditions.
“The Fire Fighters Charity is a fantastic cause which provides services to Fire and Rescue Service staff and their families. Each year, more than 5000 of them benefit from services provided by The Fire Fighters Charity such as physical rehabilitation to mental health wellbeing.
“The calendar has been compiled and produced by West Yorkshire Assistant District Commander Dom Furby who has produced a succession of firefighter calendars all raising money for the charity.”
Natasha Mason, Fundraising Team Manager, The Fire Fighters Charity said: “We’re very thankful to West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, and the other brigades that they’ve worked with across the country, for creating this calendar in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity.
The funds raised by this calendar will help us to provide physical and psychological support to the people in the fire and rescue community who are in need.”
Marked through a range of events and initiatives, the Charity will be calling on its beneficiaries, donors, supporters and friends to get fully involved and to contribute to a special year of celebration. Keep an eye on www.firefighterscharity.org.uk for more details.
The National Fire Fighters Charity 2018 is available to purchase online and at fire service events.