With just days to go until Rescue Day 2017 the public is being encouraged to support our vital emergency and rescue services at this action packed family day.
The annual event at 7 Lakes Country Park in Crowle, North Lincolnshire (just off junction 2 of the M180) takes places this Saturday 8 July - gates open from 9.00am to 5.00pm.
The day gives a unique chance to see how our emergency services deal with challenging incidents through a host of mock live rescue displays, as well as the chance to talk to the specialist teams and see the range of vehicles and equipment they use.
Some of the hugely popular attractions will include high octane live police pursuit demonstrations carried out by members of North Yorkshire Police’s Road Crime Team, who star in the TV series “All New Traffic Cops Under Attack.” They will also be joined by their counterparts from Holland who are part of the Dutch Road Traffic Police. Teams from Humberside Police, East Midlands Ambulance Service, Humberside Fire & Rescue, British Transport Police, Network Rail, Volker Rail, St John Ambulance, LIVES and many more will conduct displays including rail incidents, fires and rescues.
There will be lots for all the family to see and do, including a full programme of events on the main lake involving voluntary organisations such as Humber Rescue, York Rescue Boat and the RNLI. There’s also action in the air when the famous Red Devils Parachute Display Team will also be making a spectacular appearance as they parachute over the event to land in the water. The ever popular Newfoundland water rescue dogs (pictured) will be involved in water safety demonstrations again along with their own Pete Lewin.
The aim of Rescue Day is to showcase the excellent work of our 999 and rescue services and allows the general public to engage with the staff who serve and protect them 24/7. This special day raises funds for community related charities and has in past years given money to many local and regional good causes and has funded the purchase of life saving community defibrillators.
The event is not just popular across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, but attracts visitors from all across the country and beyond, and is thought to be the biggest of its kind nationally. It first started in 2008 and has grown each year since.
The event's organising team, which is made up of serving emergency service personnel, said:
“The whole purpose of Rescue Day is to bring together as many of our rescue and support services as possible in one place to demonstrate what they do. Raising public awareness on safety issues such as the dangers of open water, road safety, fire prevention, drink or drug driving, railway and level crossing safety, plus general community safety issues combined with an interesting yet fun day out - is our continuing aim.”
There will also be charity and commercial stalls, vintage emergency vehicles, fairground rides and food and drink outlets to enjoy. Full details including entry costs, parking details and more can be found at www.rescueday999.com or on social media Twitter: @Rescue_Day and www.facebook.com/rescuedayuk.
Event address: 7 Lakes Country Park, Wharf Road, Crowle, North Lincolnshire, DN17 4JS.