Fire services prepare to commemorate 9/11 attacks

FIRE stations across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will observe a minute’s silence tomorrow (Sunday) to mark the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York.

Around 3,000 people were killed during the terrorist attacks - including 343 firefighters, who were responding to the emergency calls.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service will be marking the anniversary by observing a minute’s silence at its whole-time fire stations in Cambridge, Peterborough and Huntingdon and in fire control at Fire Service Headquarters in Huntingdon.

Each station will be holding a minute’s silence at 1.46pm - the UK time when American Airlines Flight 11 hit the north tower of the World Trade Centre - the first of four hijacked planes used as missiles that day.

This will be delayed if the firefighters are attending an incident at this time.

Chief Fire Officer Graham Stagg said: “It is important that all our staff are given the opportunity to pay their respects to the victims of the terrorist attacks in which we lost so many of our American colleagues.”