Chief Fire Officer

Statement from the Chief Fire Officer on the death of the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband, has died at the age of 99.

Dave Russel, Chief Fire Officer, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The sad news of the passing of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is felt keenly by colleagues at GMFRS and emergency services across Greater Manchester.

“Flags will be at half-mast at our fire stations and our firefighters and other personnel will join citizens across our city-region in paying our respects. At this time, on behalf of this organisation, I would like to express my condolences to Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal Family and the friends of His Royal Highness.

“Our emergency service has been enriched over many years by the young people involved in His Royal Highness’s Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme. Thousands of youngsters from across our city-region – like so many others across the country – have gained new skills and confidence, enriching their lives and our communities with their enthusiasm, commitment and leadership.

“At this sad time, those of us working for GMFRS are reminded of the values of public service exemplified by the life of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His legacy of commitment to this country and the people living and working within it will be long-lasting, and his is an example we should aspire to mirror as we serve the people of Greater Manchester.”

Article Published: 09/04/2021 13:44 PM