14 July 2014
The 7th annual Rescue Day took place on Saturday 12th July 2014 at 7 Lakes Country Park in Crowle, North Lincolnshire. In sweltering temperatures, thousands of spectators witnessed what has grown to become the largest event of its kind in the world.
The event’s primary purpose was to drive home the importance of water, road, fire and rail safety. Visitors saw numerous agencies in action, demonstrating rescues and showcasing the work they do to help keep people safe.
As the sun shone over Crowle, the public were treated to simulated road accidents involving a road tanker, cars and motorcycles. There were numerous water rescue displays involving all of the blue light emergency services, as well as the many support agencies.
The Battle of Britain Memorial flight Spitfire performed a spectacular fly past display at the event and the Red Devils parachute team performed the UK’s only ’water drop’ straight into the main lake. A number of power boats from rescue agencies then recovered each of the skydivers safely back to shore!
The AA Special Operations Rescue Team and the Newfoundland rescue dogs were also involved in simulated rescues in and around the main lake. There was also a simulated house fire and ‘Smokey Joes’ fire education unit – these displays alerted adults and children to the dangers of fire, whilst helping to educate them in regard to fire safety in the home.
The undoubted highlight of the day this year was the full size rail/road crossing incident simulation (pictured above). This is believed to be the first time any such demonstration has taken place away from a ‘proper’ rail track. Working jointly with TATA steels, Network Rail, Volker Rail, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and Mr Dave Keedy (the owner of 7 Lakes Country Park) – 200 tonnes of ballast, 100 rail sleepers and 150metres of rail-track were installed at the Rescue Day site in the month leading up to the event. A train delivered by Heanor Haulage and a road/rail level crossing installed by teams from Network Rail was then the scene of a simulated multi agency rescue. The teams also installed a foot crossing to educate the public at large in rail crossing safety.
Also at this year’s event, The UK Rescue Organisation (UKRO) held a regional extrication and trauma challenge sponsored by Holmatro. The winners were Avon Fire and Rescue Service who were presented with their prize by DCFO Chris Blacksell.
This year’s action packed schedule left the thousands of visitors counting the days until next year’s event. Monies raised will support the Emergency Services Charities and other worthy causes.
Look out for further information and photos from this year’s event at www.rescueday.com