Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Firefighters Honored with New Stamps

With the hillsides ablaze not far from where I live in Glendale, California, it seems fitting that Great Britain should be honoring firefighters with the release of a new set of stamps this week.

According to the BBC website, "The six stamps are intended to show the range of situations faced by the UK's fire and rescue services. The images include firefighters tackling flames, dealing with a flood and chemical incident, and rescuing people trapped in cars and buildings."

Two courageous Los Angeles fire fighters lost their lives here in California battling the fires. The stamps underline how dangerous an occupation it can be.

Julietta Edgar, Head of Special Stamps, Royal Mail is quoted in the article as saying, "It's sometimes easy to forget that behind the familiar sight and sound of a fire engine is the serious business of saving lives."

Shown above, Royal Mail postie Dean Heneghan who also serves as a volunteer fireman in Wales. Look carefully and you will see him holding his red mailbag along with his yellow helmet. Picture courtesy The South Wales Argus.

To read more about the new stamps, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM