annual rescue services day to be held today
of emergency services from across the West Country will be gathering
on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront today (Sunday, August 9th) 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.
Mayor Michael Clarke and MP James Heappey will open the event,
which is also known as the ESCAPE Day (the Emergency Services
Community Awareness and Promotion Event).
Over 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, British
Red Cross, SCC Civil Contingencies Team, Environment Agency, Police
mounted section, The Rotary Club, Burnham Lions and Burnham Radio
year's event will also be held on the same day as the Stert Sea
Swim, which begins at 2pm. Over 80 swimmers will swim across the
bay to Stert Island and back.
final demonstration of the day will be a fly-past of microlights,
weather permitting by Skywatch at about 4pm.
organiser Roger Flower from BARB Search & Rescue 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. It will be a super opportunity to see
the work of our local emergency services at first hand and support
the charity that operates Burnham's rescue hovercrafts, has organised
the popular event since it started in 2004.