Rescue Day promises to be a ‘magnificent seventh’
27 June 2014
A Rescue Day involving all the major players in an emergency will take place on Saturday 12th July 2014 at 7 Lakes Country Park in Crowle, North Lincolnshire (9am to 5pm). Now in its 7th year, Rescue Day has grown to become the largest event of its kind in the world.
The Battle of Britain Memorial flight Spitfire is scheduled to perform a spectacular flypast display at the event and the Red Devils parachute team will perform the UKs only ’water drop’ straight into the main lake – a number of power boats from rescue agencies will then recover each of the sky divers.
The event’s primary purpose is to drive home the importance of water, road, fire and rail safety.
Visitors will see numerous agencies in action demonstrating rescues and showcasing the work they do to help keep people safe.
The event will be opened jointly by the Chief Fire Officer of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, The Chief Ambulance Officer of East Midlands Ambulance Service and The Deputy Chief Constable of Humberside Police.
An exciting day for the whole family is planned with an action packed schedule of dynamic displays. The public will see simulated road accidents involving a road tanker, cars and motorcycles. There will be numerous water rescue displays involving all of the blue light emergency services as well as the many support agencies. The AA Special Operations Rescue Team and the Newfoundland rescue dogs – owned and trained by Pete Lewin will also be involved in simulated rescues. This year there will be a simulated house fire and ‘Smokey Joes’ fire education unit – these displays will warn adults and children of the dangers of fire whilst helping to educate them in regard to fire safety in the home.
Rescue Day this year will showcase to the public a UK first in the form of a full size rail/road crossing incident simulation. 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, 150m of rail-track has been installed at the Rescue Day site. A train has been delivered by Heanor Haulage and a road/rail level crossing has been installed by teams from Network Rail – these teams have also installed a foot crossing to educate the public at large in rail crossing safety.
The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance will land as will the RAF Seaking from Leconfield – this year is its final year in service – come and say farewell. Subject to availability the Helicopter from Network Rail will attend also.
Humberside Police Dogs, Water Safe UK, The International Rescue Corp, The Police Marine unit, EMAS & the Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART) and the regions Fire Services amongst many others will be displaying their capabilities this year. American show trucks and large recovery vehicles will also be on display plus many vintage emergency vehicles.
Sally ‘Traffic’ of BBC Radio 2 and Channel 4’s Emergency Bikers will be at the event as will the ‘Emergency Bikers’, ‘Motorway Cops’ and The ‘Traffic Cops’ (as seen in the popular BBC TV series’) from North Yorkshire Police. The ‘Motorway Cops’ will perform a live chase demonstrating how the team bring such pursuits to a safe conclusion.
Within this year’s event The UK Rescue Organisation (UKRO) will hold a regional extrication and trauma challenge sponsored by Holmatro.
The event has free parking and entry cost is £5 for adults, £2.50 for under 16s and OAPs, and a family ticket is just £10 – including a free souvenir program. Gates open at 9:00am and displays start at 10:30am.
Rescue Day merchandise and souvenirs will be on sale and all proceeds from the event and the merchandise are donated to emergency service charities and local charitable causes.
The event promises to be even bigger and better than in previous years, making it an exciting and unrivalled day out for visitors. It is always a popular event and attracts numbers in the region of 20,000 – this year’s action packed schedule has something for all and will support the Emergency Services Charities and other worthy causes