Crowds flock to Burnham-On-Sea rescue services day
Huge crowds packed Burnham-On-Sea seafront on Sunday (August
15th) when dozens of emergency services from across the West Country
gathered to take part in a joint safety awareness day featuring
scores of displays and demonstrations.
ESCAPE - the Emergency Services Community Awareness and Promotion
Event - included displays by hovercrafts, lifeboats, two helicopters,
airplanes and micro-lights.
20 different emergency groups took part, including BARB, the RNLI,
HM Coastguard, Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Somerset Fire and
Rescue and the ambulance service.
event began with an official opening performed by Burnham's Mayor
Michael Clarke and attended by BARB President Neville Jones, Sedgemoor
District Council Vice Chairman Mike Cresswell and MP Tessa Munt.
Other groups taking part included St John Ambulance, Skywatch
Microlights, Somerset and Dorset Air Ambulance, Burnham lifeguards,
Freewheeler Blood Bikes, Wessex 4 x 4 Response, Mendip Cave Rescue,
Avon and Somerset Cliff Rescue, Exmoor Search and Rescue, Marine
Life Rescue, The Red Cross, Civil Contingencies, The Environment
Agency, National Blood Donor Service, Weston Super Mare Radio
Club, WRVS and Secret World Animal Rescue.
crews and supporters from each service were on hand to hand out
safety advice. Life-saving demonstrations took place in the sea,
in the air and on the beach, giving spectators a unique chance
to see their work up-close.
The day's displays included a joint training exercise with the
RNLI and a Coastguard helicopter in which crewmembers were winched
from the lifeboats into the helicopter.
spectacular flypast of light aircraft from Skywatch Microlights
took place at lunchtime, followed by an RNLI drift exercise, a
lifeguard rescue exercise, a fly-past by the Devon and Somerset
air ambulance and a joint BARB and Coastguard mud rescue. A tug-of-war
at the end of the day was won by Burnham Fire Brigade after a
hard-fought win over the RNLI.
During the day, a new motor for BARB's Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft was also presented by MG - more here.
BARB, the charity that operates Burnham's rescue hovercrafts,
has organised the popular event since it started in 2004. Event
organiser Roger Flower told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This year's
event went really well - everyone had a great day and we thank
all those who attended and supported all the groups and charities
58 photos from this event in our online gallery and online
the opening ceremony Rebekah Fey (7) presented a bouquet of flowers
to Mayoress Maria Clarke, watched by Mayor Michael Clarke, Sedgemoor
Vice Chairman Mike Cresswell and his wife June, BARB President
Neville Jones, MP Tessa Munt and BARB crewmembers Chris Perks
and Steve Perks
Hall, mother of the late Lelaina Hall, was presented with a bouquet
of flowers watched by Sedgemoor Chairman Jane Moreton and BARB
RNLI crewmembers held several displays during Sunday's event
crowds packed Burnham seafront for the rescue services day
Tessa Munt and councillor Joe Leach with the Freewheelers crew
and Mayoress Michael and Maria Clarke presented a cheque to BARB,
received by its youngest crewmember, Chris Perks, following a
collection at last week's Civic Service in Burnham
and Somerset's cliff rescue team were among the groups at the
fire brigade were victorious in annual rescue services tug-of-war
58 photos from this event in our online gallery and
online video here