FIRE stations across Gwynedd and Anglesey held a minute’s silence to remember firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Firefighters’ Memorial Day takes place on Tuesday, May 4 with a one-minute silence at 12pm. North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said all its staff at stations across the region stopped to observe the commemoration.

The silence pays tribute and recognise the ongoing dedication and commitment of firefighters in the UK and in British Overseas Territories, particularly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

In a social media statement, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “Today is Firefighters' Memorial Day. Our stations will join firefighters across the UK at midday in a minute's silence to reflect and remember friends, colleagues and all of those who have passed away in the line of duty.”

Mark Hardingham, chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council, said: “It is important we recognise the annual memorial day to pay tribute to those across the world who tragically lost their lives in the line of duty. Their bravery and ultimate sacrifice should be remembered, along with the impact on their families, friends and colleagues.

“Fire services across the country will come together to give thanks and commemorate the bravery of their colleagues and observe today’s minute’s silence.”

May 4 is also International Firefighters’ Day, which is known as St Florian’s Day in some countries, as St Florian is the patron saint of firefighters.