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Emergency Services Show back after 2012 break
WHETHER it is the blue flashing lights, the live displays or the safety advice there is something for everyone at this year’s Emergency Services Show.
This year’s show at the Hullavington airfield on Sunday, September 8 is set to be the biggest yet, after taking a year off last year for the Olympics.
Among the attractions planned for this year’s show are fire engine and police car rides, a wide range of new and vintage vehicles from all three ‘blue light’ services, displays by the Wiltshire Police dog section, helicopter rides and a parachute display.
There will also hopefully be two air ambulances on display, subject to operational requirements.
The event is run by a volunteer committee drawn from Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service, Wiltshire Police, South Western Ambulance Service and the Highways Agency.
Chairman Chris Harvey said: “The emergency services are always held in high esteem by the public.
“The people who come along are always very thankful we are there if ever they need us in an emergency situation.
“It is a great family day out which is very low priced to try and encourage people to come along and support the show.
“It is a chance for the public to meet the emergency services and the people who help you in everyday life.
“We had a break last year because of the Olympics and it was too difficult to try and get all the resources together, so we spent that time looking at ways we can expand the show for this year.
“The show started eight years ago and we used it as an opportunity to display the collaborative working of all the emergency services because there wasn’t really a platform for people to see us in a controlled environment.
“It gives us the opportunity to show people the other services that support everybody but the public might not know a lot about because they don’t come into contact with them.
“It quite quickly became obvious that we could use the show to give out community safety messages like road traffic advice, how to stay safe in your home and medical support.”
As well as spreading the messages of the emergency services, the show, which is sponsored by John Williams Heating,raises money for charities that support the emergency services.
Since the show started it has raised more than £60,000 for the charities and Mr Harvey is hoping people dig deep again this year.
The 2011 show raised about £18,500. This year’s event is supported by Chippenham-based company John Wiliams Heating.
Mr Harvey said: “After the success of the first show we decided to use the show as a way to support the emergency service charities, and that soon became the third reason behind the show.
“The reaction we get varies. The children love to come along and see the blue flashing lights. Then you get the teenagers who come along to find out about career opportunities, and then the adults are more interested in the safety advice that is available.”
To find out more, and to buy tickets in advance, visit www.emergencyservicesshow.com.
WIN A VIP PASS TO THE EMERGENCY SERVICES SHOW
We have four VIP passes for the Emergency Services Show to give away.
The show, which is at Hullavington Airfield near Chippenham, is from 10am until 4pm on September 8
The event is now in its eighth year and is run by a volunteer committee drawn from Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, Wiltshire Police, South Western Ambulance Service and the Highways Agency.
Among the attractions planned for this year’s show are fire engine and police car rides, the attendance of two air ambulances, a wide range of new and vintage vehicles from all three ‘blue light’ services, and the Wiltshire Police dog section.
The VIP pass includes entry for four people (children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult), designated VIP parking, a ride in a police car and a fire engine for each person, and a meet and greet with radio presenters from Jack FM.
To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the following question: Name one of the Emergency Services.
- Enter by phone: simply call 09013600824 and leave your answer and details when prompted.
- Enter by text: send your text to 80360 starting with EMERGENCY, leave a space, followed by your answer, name and contact details. Calls cost no more than £1.02 per call from a BT landline. Calls from mobiles and some other networks may cost more. Texts cost £1 plus your normal operator text charge. Telephone and text voting lines open today and close at midnight on August 27, 2013.
Send your answer on a postcard along with your name, address and a daytime telephone number to Emergency Services Show Competition, Sales and Marketing, Swindon Advertiser, 100 Victoria Road, Swindon, SN1 3BE. Entries must be received by 5pm on August 27, 2013.
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