Wiltshire's Emergency Services Show Returns

Sunday 3rd September 2017 saw the return of the Wiltshire Emergency Services Show at its new venue of Cotswolds Airfield in Kemble. Despite the rain, thousands flocked through the gates to see first-hand the work of the emergency services and their partner agencies.

The event is a fun day out for all the family but also provides the chance to educate the public about what to do in an emergency. Wiltshire & Swindon LRF was on hand to raise awareness of its collective purpose, and to promote its Are You Ready? booklet which provides advice, hints and tips about preparing for an emergency or major incident and what to do if you are caught up in a crisis or disaster. Staff took time out to give an overview of the booklet to parents whilst, at the same time, providing their children with a host of little 'goodies' to keep them entertained. Material developed by Hampshire & Isle of Wight LRF specifically aimed at children was included to further promote the resilience message.

Despite the bad weather the LRF stand was really well attended and, this year, was located with colleagues from Network Rail and Sky Watch. In the immediate vicinity were colleagues from the blue light services, Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council, Environment Agency, Scottish & Southern Electricity and a whole host of voluntary sector organisations. All agencies were able to promote their own particular safety messages in a whole variety of different ways which, when joined together, provides comprehensive advice about community resilience.

The LRF Stand was visited by Wiltshire's Chief Constable, Mike Veale, who is Chair of Wiltshire & Swindon LRF and by Angus MacPherson, the Police & Crime Commissioner.

Bob Young, Wiltshire Police Emergency Planning Manager, who organised the LRF stand said "Despite the inclement weather many people attended the show and came to the LRF stand. It was a great opportunity to promote the work of the LRF which coordinates the actives of the emergency services and other key partner agencies to plan and prepare for emergencies and major incidents. Our visitors seemed generally interested in how we work together in times of crisis. The advice contained in our Are You Ready booklet is simple but will help people cope at times of emergency."

The Emergency Services Show is organised by a team of volunteers, mostly drawn from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, Wiltshire Police and South Western Ambulance Service. Since the first event in 2005, more than £150,000 has been donated to groups that support the work of the emergency services, and the Show committee is now a registered charity in its own right.

The LRF looks forward to returning to the Emergency Services Show in 2018.

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