Blue lights and big thrills at Emergency Services Show in Hullavington
1:00pm Sunday 1st September 2013 in Latest News
Whether it is the blue flashing lights, live displays or 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 in 2012 for the Olympics.
Among the attractions planned 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.
The event is run by a volunteer committee drawn from Wiltshire Fire and 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.
“It is a great family day out, which is 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.
“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 quickly became obvious 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.”
The show also raises money for charities that support the emergency services.
Since it began it has raised more than £60,000 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 firm John Wiliams Heating.
Mr Harvey said: “The reaction we get varies. The children love to come along and see the blue flashing lights. Then you get teenagers who come along to find out about career opportunities, and adults are more interested in the safety advice available.”
To find out more, and to buy tickets in advance, visit www.emergencyservicesshow.