This Sunday (8 September) is the eighth Emergency Services Show – and this year’s event promises to be the biggest and best yet!
As well as bringing together Wiltshire’s ‘blue light’ services, the Show raises thousands of pounds for charities that support the work of the emergency services. Following the last Show in 2011, £18,500 was donated to a total of 20 good causes.
After a break in 2012 because of the Olympics, the Show is returning to its usual site – Hullavington Airfield, just off J17 of the M4 near Chippenham, and it will be open between 10am and 4pm.
Amongst the demonstrations planned for Sunday are:
· Wiltshire Police’s dog section – both searching for drugs and tackling armed criminals
· South Western Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team
· Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service’s animal rescue specialists
· Avon Fire & Rescue Service showing what happens when a chip pan catches fire
· A multi-agency road traffic collision simulation
· Heavy vehicle recovery
There will also be:
· A parachute display by the Renegades (weather permitting)
· Attendance of both Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Great Western Air Ambulance
· A wide range of new and vintage emergency vehicles
· Fire engine and police car rides – and, for the first time, the chance to see the Showground from above, thanks to helicopter rides (weather permitting)
· A fairground, model aircraft display, go-karting and much more!
Visitors will be able to meet with their local firefighters, police officers and paramedics, to find out more about the work of the emergency services in Wiltshire and beyond. Many of the charities that work alongside the emergency services will also be in attendance.
BBC Wiltshire’s morning show, presented by Graham Rogers, will be broadcasting live from the Show between 9am and 12noon.
The Emergency Services Show is organised by a voluntary committee drawn from Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service, South Western Ambulance Service and the Highways Agency, and it is sponsored by John Williams Heating Services of Chippenham.
Committee chairman Chris Harvey said: "We can promise the whole family a great day out! Children will love the police car and fire engine rides, there’s also a funfair, and we have plenty of exhibits, displays and traders coming along. This is a unique opportunity to meet your emergency services in a non-emergency setting – so we look forward to seeing you!"
Tickets for the Show can be bought on the day and cost £6 for adults, £3 for children under 16 and free for children under three. For further information, please visit www.emergencyservicesshow.com.