The Firefighters Memorial Charitable Trust was established in 1990 and the Trust negotiated a site to the south of St Paul’s Cathedral where a suitable memorial could be placed. It is at the top of the new City Walkway which is also approachable from the south bank of the Thames via the new Millennium Pedestrian Bridge.
The National Memorial, to the men and women of the United Kingdom Fire Service (which includes the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands), who had made the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of the realm in World War II, is the "Blitz" Memorial Statue, commissioned by the Founder Master of the Worshipful Company of Firefighters
In 2003 the Memorial was elevated and the additional names of those lost in peacetime were inscribed in bronze on the raised base. The Memorial was re-dedicated to coincide with the Service of Remembrance in Sept 2003. A total of some 1,192 names were added in bronze to the Memorial. The Memorial with its added height looks even more fitting as a tribute to our fallen firefighters.
Following the tragedy of the Twin Towers, the Government received a number of approaches, seeking their approval and support for the adoption of a "Firefighters Day of Remembrance" to recognise the International nature of the Fire Service. Given that the Trust had fortuitously held their Annual Service of Remembrance in September for the last ten years, the Trustees were pleased to receive a formal invitation from Government to be the body for recognising such a day. In September each year a Service of Remembrance is held, followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the Memorial. The organisation of these services is undertaken with the assistance of the London Fire Brigade, together with other Brigades within the United Kingdom.
Information taken from the website of The Firefighters Memorial Charitable Trust.