Over 250,000 police, fire fighters, nurses, doctors, search and rescue and bomb disposals workers work day and night to keep the United Kingdom and its people safe. The emergency services are more than life savers. They are there to provide support and assist those with nowhere else to turn.
It has been estimated that up to 10,000 members of the emergency services have lost their lives whilst on duty in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, with nearly half of these deaths occurring since 1792. These are people who have paid the ultimate cost of serving the public. Below is a breakdown of those who have lost their lives whilst protecting and serving.
|Organisation||Number of Employees / Volunteers Killed on Duty|
|Police||Over 4,500 since 1792|
|Fire||66 since 1986|
|Ambulance / Health||48 since 1940|
|Bomb Disposal – Domestic||2 – since 2007|
|HM Coastguard||To be added|
|Lifeboat service||444 since 1824|
|Mountain rescue service||To be added|
|Cave rescue service||To be added|
|Moorland search and rescue service||To be added|
|Quicksand search and rescue service||To be added|
|Mine rescue service||To be added|
|TOTAL Killed on Duty:||5,060|
Sources: Police Roll of Honour Trust, The Ambulance Services Charity, RNLI, HM Government.
Note: Data correct as of 19 August 2016.