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Members of Wexford's emergency services gather at Ferrybank for National Services Day

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Emergency Vehicles meeting for National Services Day on Saturday in Ferrybank

Emergency Vehicles meeting for National Services Day on Saturday in Ferrybank

Emergency Vehicles meeting for National Services Day on Saturday in Ferrybank

While perhaps it has never been more important to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our front-line heroes in the emergency services, sadly the traditional National Services Day couldn’t take place this year as a result of the pandemic which has had those involved so busy.

However, although it couldn’t proceed with the same fanfare as normal, it would have been remiss not to mark it in some way. With this in mind, members of the emergency services gathered with their vehicles at Ferrybank overlooking Wexford town, where they swapped stories of just how busy things had been in recent months.

As 3 p.m. struck, church bells rang and the faint sound of car horns could also be heard from town, following a radio appeal asking motorists to sound off in support of our services.

Gathering in Ferrybank were representatives from the Gardaí, the National Ambulance Service, the Fire Service, the Defence Forces, the Civil Defence, the Order of Malta, the RNLI and Wexford MarineWatch, who got together to show the importance of the interaction between Wexford’s services.

‘I suppose we just wanted to mark the occasion in some small way,’ said one of the organisers, Diarmuid Sinnott. ‘Ordinarily, there’d be a huge event in Dublin with groups from all over the country marching and bands. Obviously that can’t happen this year, but it was nice to be able to get representatives from each organisation together for a photo.’

‘It’s probably been one of the busiest years in memory both for voluntary and emergency services. I think the work that’s done by voluntary services can often be overlooked and maybe don’t get the recognition they deserve. We were delighted that we had such a great response in Wexford and that each of the services were willing to get together to mark the occasion.’

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