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.