Next of Kin Medal 180The Firefighters Memorial Trust has launched a new 'Next of Kin Medal' to honour the family members of firefighters killed on duty.

The Trust exists to recognise the commitment and dedication of all members of the Fire & Rescue Service serving within the United Kingdom who have been killed in the line of duty or who have died following injury or illness as a result of their duties.

Currently the Trust records the names of fallen colleagues on ‘The Firefighters Memorial’, in the Trust’s ‘Books of Remembrance’ located within ‘The Fire Service Chapel’, in the Trust database ‘Rollcall’ and, on www.firefightersmemorial.org.uk.

Now that honour will extend to family members of firefighters who make "the utlimate sacrifice" in a move which deputy chair CFO Lee Howell says "will serve as a symbol of their loss".

Speaking exclusively to FIRE Magazine about the newly commissioned medal, CFO Howell said: "Many people will know that the Firefighters Memorial Trust arrange the Annual Firefighters Service of Remembrance in London each year where we remember colleagues who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and been killed in the course of their duty, protecting the public.

"We have had the privilege of being joined by family members of Firefighters killed on duty and we know just how much it means for them to know their loved ones have not died in vain and are remembered. This medal will serve as a symbol of their loss and represents the high esteem that the profession has for our fallen colleagues.

"The Firefighters Memorial Trust is supported by Fire and Rescue Services across the United Kingdom and the Trust can only do what we do with their support for which we are incredibly grateful."

For more information on the work of the Trust or to donate visit www.firefightersmemorial.org.uk/