Virginia House Joint Resolution 646 officially designates Wednesday, September 11, 2019 and every following year on September 11 as First Responder Day in Virginia.

Public safety agencies, associations, and organizations that work with first responders are encouraged to observe the day of remembrance with community activities, events, and promotion of First Responder Day in Virginia with stakeholders for awareness.

House Joint Resolution 646

HJ 646 was introduced during the 2019 Session of the Virginia General Assembly by Delegate Michael P. Mullin (D-Newport News), and establishes September 11 as the day to remember and recognize first responders in Virginia, according to the resolution, “...for their courage and dedication to protect and aid the public during emergencies as both professional and volunteer first responders.”

In the resolution, first responders are listed as 911 dispatchers, law-enforcement officers, professional and volunteer firefighters, professional and volunteer emergency medical services personnel, emergency management professionals, search and rescue teams, rescue pilots and divers, the Virginia National Guard, and members of other organizations in the public safety sector.

Recommended Recognition Activities and Events

• Promote on social media using the hashtag #VAFirstResponderDay

• Hold fundraisers for first responders in your community

• Observe a moment of silence for the victims and first responders who perished in

September 11, 2001 at the Pentagon and New York City.

• Organize community 5K and 10K walks or runs

• Share with local organizations and Chambers of Commerce

• Say “thank you” to first responders with cards and letters

About the VDFP

The Virginia Department of Fire Programs provides training, support services, and resources to more than 700 fire and emergency service organizations, and approximately 44,000 fire service personnel in the Commonwealth. Support areas include funding, professional development, research, operational support, technical assistance, and fire prevention inspections through its State Fire Marshal Office.