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Fire Service to hold public rescue day in Bristol

Avon Fire and Rescue Service will host a special event next month to show off how they rescue people from damaged cars.

A special event in Bristol next month will let you watch how the fire service rescue people from damaged cars.

A "public rescue day" at Hicks Gate fire station in Keynsham on the 20th of July will see teams of firefighters from across the UK race to complete rescue challenges based on car accidents and trauma care.

There will also be a joint training exercise involving urban search and rescue (USAR), demonstrating the capabilities of the search and rescue dog Buddy and rope rescue.

Road policing will also be showcasing road safety, along with South West Ambulance Service and their Simbulance. 

There will also be input from the Clifton Suicide Prevention Group, And Freewheelers, a volunteer blood bike organisation.

The event will be open to the public, allowing people to see up close what Avon Fire and Rescue Service does on a daily basis and learn about road safety information.

Lee Rogers, White Watch Manager at Temple fire station called it a "fantastic opportunity" to showcase their skills.

"We do so much more than just fighting fires, and road traffic collisions are a big part of this," he said.

“Across the UK, fire and rescue staff are developing and pioneering great techniques, standards and new ways of moving forward.

“It will be a privilege to get them all together and hopefully this day will showcase not only what we can do, but also the dangers of road traffic collisions and what people can do to keep themselves safe.”

Dan Quin, United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) Director for Education and Development, added: "Avon Fire and Rescue Service's Extrication Challenge is unique, representing the only Heavy Rescue event of it's kind outside of the National Challenge.

"The interactive nature and opportunities for Fire and Rescue Service personnel to learn new skills, perfect their competencies and deliver outcomes for community benefits of a national standard, makes this a special event.

"Through the UKRO's partnership with the Institution of Fire Engineers and in recognition of the above, the Avon Fire and Rescue Service event has been awarded the highest Continuous Professional Development hours of any Regional/Local Challenge. This is a testament to the forward thinking and learning commitment of Avon Fire and Rescue Service."

The event is completely free and there are two time slots available:

10:00 - 12:00

13:00 - 15:00

To book your tickets, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hicks-gate-fire-station-rescue-open-day-2019-tickets-62151207936

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