SFRS spreads safety messages to crowd of 3,000 in Falkirk

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Firefighters attended Emergency Services Day 2017 at the Helix, Falkirk.

WM Craig Lauder & FF John Wilson with Guide Dog puppy

Watch Manager Craid Lauder and firefighter John Wilson with Guide Dog Scotland's latest recruit, Marnie.

SFRS firefighters helped spread the message of safety to more than 3,000 people during Emergency Services Day 2017 at The Helix in Falkirk.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service joined its partners from the RNLI, Police Scotland, the Scottish Ambulance Service, Mountain Search and Rescue Service and the International Rescue Corps for a day of safety and fun on Wednesday, April 6.

SFRS showcased its wide ranging capability to respond to emergencies with the Water Rescue Team from Bathgate staging rescue scenarios on the lagoon.

WM Ian O'Hara Bathgate

Watch Manager Ian O'Hara from Bathgate Community Fire Station teaches youngsters about staying safe near water

Water Rescue at Falkirk

The SFRS Water Rescue unit from Bathgate conducts a rescue demonstration

People queued throughout the day for the chance to have their photo taken in and around the Fire Appliance on site, and dozens more signed up for a free Home Fire Safety Visit.

Firefighters from both Stirling and Falkirk Community Fire Stations were on hand to spread safety messages amongst youngsters and their parents, while the kids were given the unique opportunity to climb inside one of our state-of-the-art appliances.

FF and kids at Emergency service day

Firefighter David Nicol performed magic tricks and gave tours of the SFRS appliance

Hundreds also gathered to watch a Road Traffic Collision exercise involving SFRS and its partners.

The accident between a moped and a car was staged for the captivated crowd, which involved two casualties being stabilised and removed from the scene while the roof of the car was cut away and peeled forward to allow access to the interior for firefighters and paramedics.

RTC Demo at Falkirk

The SFRS worked with its partners during a road traffic accident demonstration

Robert Thomson, Local Area Liaison Officer for Falkirk, said: “It was an absolutely fantastic day and it really helped show what SFRS and its partners are capable of, especially when working together.

“We had great attendance number, especially in the number of children which was essential in helping us spread key safety messages to the youngsters.

“The Emergency Services Day event is run to highlight the various capabilities of not just SFRS but all emergency services in the Falkirk area and across Scotland.

“It has been invaluable for us to be able to engage with parents and their the children– on the back of this we have been able to encourage home fire safety visits as well as spreading the messages of community and fire safety.”

Charities such as the British Red Cross and Guide Dogs Scotland were also in attendance.

FF John Wilson and Guide Dog Puppy

Local Senior Officer for Falkirk and West Lothian, Gary Laing, said: “Emergency Services Day 2017 was a fantastic day for everyone involved.

“It was a great opportunity to work with our partners and really show the public what we are all about.

“We had some excellent interaction from the thousands of people who attended and we are confident that everyone was able to walk away feeling more knowledgeable on the SFRS and our partners, our activities and resources and how we can all work collectively to help keep our communities safe.”Appliance and crowd at the Helix

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