Weston-super-Mare RNLI has brought together all of the other emergency services to show their equipment to the visiting public
This is the second year a 999 day has been organised on the Beach Lawns in Weston. It is the dream of Richard Spindler, one of the Deputy Launching Authorities at the Weston RNLI lifeboat station.
In 2013 20 emergency services came and attracted a big crowd to see the demonstrations, wonder at the huge vehicles normally only visible when disaster strikes and to talk to their crews. This year is even bigger and includes a number of vintage emergency vehicles which will be on show. It is free to visit.
Avon and Somerset Fire and Rescue will have several fire tenders, their hovercraft, Firefly, and a chip pan fire demonstration. Alongside them will be the massive fire tender from Bristol Airport. The Hazardous Area Response Team will show their large emergency vehicles used for major incidents.
The Great Western Air Ambulance will be flying in at lunchtime and staying through the afternoon unless called away. Visitors can examine it at close quarters. There are many other displays, the RNLI showing their Flood Rescue Team, The police showing their latest “interceptor” car and the Coastguard demonstrating how they rescue people from the mud, to name just a few.
St Johns Ambulance will be doing demonstrations of First Aid, The Shadow Cheerleaders and the Majorettes will also be putting on a show.
There will also be a children’s area at the top of the lawns so there is something for all the family.
Charlotte Conroy, Lifeboat Operations Manager of Weston-super-Mare said; ‘We, the RNLI, work very closely with the other emergency services. This sort of event allows us to show to our public what we do and what we do it with. The displays will be exciting and fascinating.