Thousands attend the Emergency Services Family Fun Day
Emergencies and fun don’t usually go together, but the Emergency Services Family Fun Day proved the exception to the rule as thousands of people turned out to witness the vital skill demonstrations of Dorset’s emergency services.
From Police dogs to vintage fire engines, Ambulances to a Coastguard water rescue there was something to attract the attention of everyone at Saturday’s Emergency Services Family Fun Day. Almost 5000 people attended the free event, which took place in the beautiful setting of Poole Park on Saturday. Visitors of all ages took the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the UK’s most modern and impressive emergency response vehicles and equipment.
The event saw the county’s emergency services come together to raise funds for Safewise, a local charity which runs two safety centres. One is the Weymouth Community Safety Centre and the other is the LV=Streetwise safety centre in Bournemouth. They provide safety education for children and adults, helping to reduce the number of people killed or injured in preventable accidents on the roads, in the home or at play.
A breathtaking official opening was carried out by Cllr Rebecca Knox, Chairman of the Dorset Fire Authority and Martyn Underhill, the Dorset Police Crime Commissioner when they both were lifted up high on a fire service Aerial Ladder Platform to make their speeches to the assembled crowds.
The Emergency Services Family Fun Day had interactive stands and free giveaways from Dorset Fire and Rescue, South West Ambulance Service, Dorset Police, Dorset Road Safe, Streetwise, Safewise, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, RNLI, Maritime & Coastguard Agency, British Red Cross and many local community organisations.
Impressive educational demonstrations took place throughout the day and included a police dog display, room fire, animal rescue, line rescue, CPR, chip pan fire, water rescue as well as a road traffic collision showing how the emergency services respond when there is an incident on Dorset’s roads.
This year’s event was sponsored by Bournemouth based companies Easigrass and Gate Expectations.
As part of the fun-filled day, children were given the opportunity to climb aboard fire engines, take a look inside vehicles from the Ambulance Service, as well as have their photograph taken on the Dorset Police black marine boat and in the distinctive Police tractor. Visitors also got the chance to have a go on the casualty reduction driving simulator, participate in health checks and learn about first aid techniques.
Event organiser Nick Sykes from Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said: “This partnership event was a great way for visitors to learn more about the emergency services and meet some of the people who work hard to keep them safe.
“The event has enabled us to demonstrate the collaborative working of all the Emergency Services, pass on essential community safety messaging, raise the awareness of some of the lesser known emergency services as well as giving everyone a great day out with lots to see and do.
“I’d like to thank everyone who came along to Poole Park and helped make the event such a huge success. It’s proven to be so popular that we are looking into running it again in summer 2016.”