A COUNTY has recognises the commitment of 999 staff.

A ceremony has been held by Denbighshire County Council to recognise the commitment and dedication of the local emergency services.

The annual Emergency Services Day is held on September 9 and is recognised nationally by the Government, the Welsh and Scottish governments, the Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service, the First Ministers of Wales and Scotland, the former First Minister of Northern Ireland and MPs.

This was the first ceremony to be held in Denbighshire and the 999 flag was raised at County Hall, Ruthin, while a two-minute silence was held to recognise the 7,000 emergency services staff who’d lost their lives in the call of duty.

Denbighshire County Council chairman of Cllr Peter Scott said: “This national day provides us with an opportunity to thank emergency services personnel for the dedicated service they provide to us all on a daily basis and we at Denbighshire County Council are honoured and delighted to support this important event.

“We are most grateful to the emergency services for the sterling work they all do, often in the most difficult circumstances.

"We are so pleased that the creation of this special flag flying day will allow the whole nation to recognise and support their immense contribution to society by providing a safe and supported environment for us all.”