annual rescue services day to be held this Sunday
of emergency services from across the West Country will be gathering
on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront this Sunday (August 31st) for the
town's annual rescue services day.
of displays and demonstrations will be held on Burnham seafront
and beach from 10am to 4pm with displays of hovercrafts, lifeboats,
ambulances, fire engines and more. Burnham's Mayor Martin Cox
and MP Tessa Munt will open the event.
20 different emergency groups will be taking part, including BARB,
the RNLI, HM Coastguard, Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Somerset
Fire and Rescue and the ambulance service.
and teams from each service will be on hand during the day and
life-saving demonstrations will take place in the sea and on the
beach, giving spectators a unique chance to see their work up-close.
groups involved include St John Ambulance, Blood bikes, Somerset
4x4 Response, Marine Life Rescue, Avon Search and Rescue, NHS
Ambulance Service, British Red Cross, SCC Civil Contingencies
Team, Environment Agency, The Rotary Club, Burnham Lions, Burnham
Radio Club, Model Hovercraft Association.
will also be plenty to do for families with food stalls, children's
rides, a bouncy castle and face-painting (all subject to late
year's event will also be held on the same day as the Stert Sea
Swim, which begins at just after 10am. Over 80 swimmers will swim
across the bay to Stert Island and back.
Coastguard helicopter is scheduled to perform a demonstration
at around 11.30am, again subject to late change on the day for
Event organiser Roger Flower told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This
year's event will be bigger than previous years with more rescue
services involved so there will be lots of great demonstrations
to watch and activities."
will be a super opportunity to see the work of our local emergency
services at first hand and support them."
the charity that operates Burnham's rescue hovercrafts, has organised
the popular event since it started in 2004.