Fire crews fell silent to remember colleagues who had lost their lives.
Crews from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service were among those to take part in Firefighters Memorial Day, established by the Firefighters Memorial Trust.
They formed a memorial parade on station forecourts before holding a minute’s silence.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Alan Robson, of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “It is very important to us that we show our support and mark Firefighters Memorial Day. Looking forward to future years, we are keen to develop our plans for Firefighters Memorial Day, making it an inclusive event at local fire stations where former firefighters, next of kin and members of the community will be involved.”
Chairman of the Firefighters Memorial Trust, Colin Levitt BEM, said: “Fire does not distinguish between men, women or children – race, religion or creed. Neither do firefighters, they answer to the call and do their duty. Some pay the ultimate sacrifice.”
Fire Brigade Union brigade secretary, Russ King, said: “Firefighters Memorial Day is about honouring the courage and bravery of the men and women in the Fire Service.
“Firefighters understand the risks associated with their job but fully expect to come home safe and well after each shift. Sadly this is not always the case and it’s important that none of us forget the sacrifice they made.”