On Sunday 3rd July on the Beach Lawns in Weston-Super-Mare, the volunteers of Weston RNLI lifeboat station organise an Emergency Services (999) Day.
Weston RNLI lifeboat station has been bringing together all the emergency services each year for an event on the Beach Lawns. This is the largest such event organised by the RNLI and this year is the fourth time the public can get close to the men and women who provide emergency care and to see the equipment they use to save lives. All of the services present will be on call for emergencies so may have to leave the site if required.
There will be a large display by the RNL including Flood Rescue boats, lifeguards, lifeboats and water safety. This year for the first time our colleagues from SARA who keep the upper reaches of the Severn Estuary safe will show their craft and kit. The RNLI also works closely with The Coastguard and the local units from Weston, Clevedon and Portishead will be there. As well as talking to the crews of the rescue services there will be the opportunity to throw wet sponges at the lifeboatmen. All children are welcome and we encourage parents to bring their children to this event to help them learn how to keep safe.
The Fire and Rescue Services will be there with their fire engines, massively high ladders and other rescue kit. This will include “Firefly” the Weston hovercraft. Also present will be the huge fire tender from Bristol Airport which tends to dominate the site.
The local Ambulance service will be there with their ambulances and HART, the Hazardous Area Rescue Team. They have many impressive vehicles for working in very dangerous conditions. The Great Western Air Ambulance will be flying in at mid-day and will be available for inspection until 3pm.
The new Coastguard Helicopter which works with the RNLI in this area will also fly in when it can. Other emergency services such as the Blood Bikes, Search and Rescue units, First Aid and Animal rescue will also be there.
There will be a large display by the Police offering the opportunity to ask question and see what they do. The forensics service will be there as will the Dogs and possible Horses. A wide range of police emergency vehicles will be on show plus many historic cars showing how the vehicles have changed over time.
This year, to enhance the event for all the family, there is also a Summer Market offering crafts, jewellery, perfume and other stalls with activities for children. Food stalls will be present and also liquid refreshment.
Charlotte Conroy, Lifeboat Operation Manager at Weston said. This event attracts a lot of attention as it gives the public the opportunity to see the emergency services up close. As well as the emergency vehicles and their crews there are many historic displays plus fun for all the family.
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For further information, please contact Weston-Super-Mare RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer Glyn Hayes on 01934 824587 or Chris Lyons Deputy RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer 07825 347697.