To mark this year’s 999 Emergency Services Day, Provost Alan Brown met representatives of East Dunbartonshire's emergency services.
Launched in 2018, the national day of tribute is now an annual fixture, when the nation celebrates its emergency personnel and remembers those killed in the line of duty.
Fittingly it begins at 9am on Thursday 9 September - to represent the 9th hour of the 9th day of the 9th month when Council employees will observe a nationwide two minutes' silence.
Provost Brown was joined by Chief Inspector John Menzies from Police Scotland and Local Senior Officer, East & West Dunbartonshire and Argyll & Bute, Joe McKay from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service*.
They gathered around the special Emergency Services flag which will be flown at the Council Headquarters in Kirkintilloch on Thursday 9 September.
Provost Brown said, “I am pleased to have been able to pay tribute to our local emergency services on 999 Emergency Services Day in person this year as last year we were unable to congregate due to the restrictions in place to manage the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Throughout the pandemic our communities have relied heavily on our emergency services and it is therefore extremely important that we mark this day this year and raise awareness of it among the people of East Dunbartonshire.
“It is my personal privilege to lead the tributes - to recognise the work the Police, Fire & Rescue and Ambulance services carry out in our communities, particularly in recent and continuing challenging circumstances.
"On behalf of the people of East Dunbartonshire I thank them for their service and remember that in the line of their often dangerous duties, some have suffered injury or lost their lives. We will proudly fly the Emergency Services Day flag to recognise the vital contribution Emergency Services personnel make to our daily lives.”
* Due to unforeseen circumstances our colleagues from Scottish Ambulance Service were unable to attend the photocall as they were called away to an urgent job.
Photo caption:LSO Joe McKay, Provost Brown and CI John Menzies