Emergency crews show at Hullavington wows the crowds
9:00am Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
Thousands of families looked on as police, fire and ambulance crews attended a crash that, on this occasion, had been set up as part of a demonstration at the Emergency Services Show in Hullavington.
Flashing blue lights and the holler of sirens filled the air as the rescue services displayed the impressive array of resources that are available in the south west.
The family fun day offered rides in fire engines and police cars, a display of police dogs and a parachute jump by the Renegades team.
“It was a superb day,” said show committee member Louise Knox, who is the media and communications manager for Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.
“We were very lucky with the weather. There was a point at 1pm, when the parachute jump was about to happen, that you could look one way up the M4 and see bright blue skies with white fluffy clouds, then if you turned 180 degrees to look the other way the skies were black.
“Fortunately the black skies missed us; it’s just one thing you can’t plan for.”
Organisers are still counting money raised from the show, but early estimations indicate they could be in for a record-breaking year.
Funds raised, which typically amount to about £18,000, are split between numerous charities, the core four of which are the Fire Fighters Charity, the Ambulance Services Benevolent Fund, The Bobby Van and SWIFT Medics.
Other attractions included a display of vintage vehicles, Wiltshire Air Ambulance, a display of motorbikes that had been involved in fatal crashes, animal rescue demonstrations, and a practical display showing how a chip pan fire creates a dangerous fireball when water is thrown on to it.
Miss Knox said: “The thing that always keeps me going is the number of small children who turn up already dressed as a fireman or policeman.
“They come to the show and their eyes are like saucers and they are so excited about seeing the ‘nee naws’. We are very proud of the fact that it is a family fun day.”
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