The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service asks the public to share their views by taking part in an online consultation.

PEOPLE throughout the country have been invited to help shape the design of Scotland’s first-ever National Firefighters Memorial.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has launched a consultation as it seeks the public’s views on the location of the memorial, what it should look like and on what date a new annual memorial service should take place.

Assistant Chief Officer Lewis Ramsay, chair of its Heritage Committee, said: “The National Firefighters Memorial will recognise the courage and dedication of firefighters throughout the generations.

“Those who paid the ultimate price to protect the public must never be forgotten – we owe it not only to them but also to their loved-ones, whose lives were devastated by a tragic and unrepairable loss.”

He continued: “Wherever its location and whatever its design, the memorial will provide a place for people to reflect on the sacrifices that have been made to save others.

“By sharing their views on what form it should take people throughout Scotland can help us produce a memorial that reflects the tremendous appreciation the public have for the men and women who risk all to protect their communities.

“This will keep alive the memory of those whose lives were cut short and it will be a fitting and lasting tribute to their heroism.”

People can contribute to the development of the National Firefighters Memorial by visiting http://www.firescotland.gov.uk/about-us/our-heritage/national-firefighters-memorial-consultation.aspx and taking part in the online survey.

Comments must be received by 4pm on Friday 30 October. Updates on the work of the SFRS Heritage Committee and the outcome of this consultation will be published on the fire service website and social media sites.

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