This year’s Emergency Services Show is being held at Hullavington airfield, just off J17 of the M4, on Sunday 11 September.
The Show, which is now in its seventh year, is designed to put the spotlight on the work of the ‘blue light’ services, such as fire, police and ambulance; however, it also provides a platform for the many charities and voluntary organisations which have a vital role to play in helping the public.
All proceeds from the Show are donated to these groups – past beneficiaries have included Wiltshire Search and Rescue, Freewheelers EVS (motorcyclists who transport blood products between hospitals), Victim Support, the Bobby Van Trust, the two local air ambulances, SWIFT Medics and many more.
The Show is open from 10am until 4pm, and a wide range of emergency vehicles and equipment will be on display. There will also be a number of vintage vehicles, belonging to enthusiasts from around the country, and demonstrations of emergency response techniques will run throughout the day.
For the second year running, the event will feature the South West regional police dog trials, with up to 12 dogs competing. Also making a welcome return from last year is the Silver Stars Parachute Display Team, who will make a dramatic arrival into the showground at 2pm.
New for 2011 is an It’s A Knockout tournament, which is being organised by Wiltshire Air Ambulance as a fundraiser. The helicopter itself is scheduled to be at the showground, together with the Great Western Air Ambulance – operational commitments allowing.
The day will also include a tribute to those killed in the 9/11 terrorist atrocities. Chairman of the organising committee, Chris Harvey, explained: “This year’s Show falls on the tenth anniversary of the attacks in America, when so many members of the emergency services lost their lives while trying to help others. In recognition of this, we will be releasing 911 balloons during the afternoon in their memory.”
Tickets for the Show can be bought at the gate, priced £5 for adults and £2.50 for children, with the under threes going free. For more information, visit www.emergencyservicesshow.com