Thrilling displays on offer at Emergency Services Day

20th May 2019

An ‘Emergency Services Day’, which will celebrate the work of the Emergency Services in the Fermanagh and Omagh District and will allow the public see at first hand the type of work these services carry out on a daily basis, will take place at Fermanagh Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen on Sunday 26 May 2019 from 1pm – 5pm.

The free event, which is organised by Fermanagh and Omagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) in conjunction with a number of emergency service providers, will be officially opened by a special guest at 1pm on the Enniskillen Castle side of the Lakeland Forum.

A full programme of demonstrations and displays, including the touch down of emergency services helicopters, will take place throughout the afternoon. The programme also includes:

1pm onwards – Crash Car Simulator with Fermanagh and Omagh PCSP, on the Broadmeadow, Enniskillen Castle side of the Lakeland Forum. This vehicle provides a realistic simulation of a Road Traffic Accident with movement, sound and vision and will include the launch of a new road safety awareness DVD which will be used locally.

1.30pm – Demonstration of PSNI dogs’ team on playing fields beside Enniskillen Castle.

1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm – NIFRS demonstration of the “Your Choice” goggles in the Main Hall of the Lakeland Forum, where people will have the opportunity to  experience a Road Traffic Accident in 3D format.

2.15pm – RNLI simulated rescue operation on the water at Castle Island.  The rescue will also involve the North West Mountain Rescue Team who will help to move the casualty from the foreshore to the safety of an ambulance.

2.45pm – NIFRS simulated Road Traffic Collision rescue in cooperation with Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, on the Broadmeadow.  This will involve a simulated rescue of a number of live casualties from a vehicle to an ambulance.

3.30pm –  Touch down of the Irish Coastguard Helicopter on the playing fields beside Enniskillen Castle, closely followed by landing of the PSNI Helicopter. Times and landings are subject to operational needs and may be subject to change due to operational requirements.

The ‘Emergency Services Day’ event has been organised in cooperation with the PSNI, RNLI, North West Mountain Rescue, Order of Malta, Northern Ireland Prison Service, Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and the NIFRS.

The PSNI Roads Policing Unit, North West Mountain Rescue team, Order of Malta and the Northern Ireland Prison Service will also be in attendance throughout the afternoon showcasing their work.

Norman Kirkpatrick, Vice-Chairman of the Fermanagh and Omagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership said;

“We are very pleased once again to host this event which recognises and celebrates the work of our Emergency Services which often goes unseen to the majority of people.

There is also an important community safety message to take from this event.  These services are here to help the entire community when they are in difficulty.  None of us would wish to be in a position where we would need their services, however many people do and it is essential that we take home these important safety messages.

We would urge everyone to support this event and come along and enjoy a great afternoon out at the Lakeland Forum.”

PSNI Inspector Paula Johnston said;

 “We are delighted to be working with the Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) to showcase some of the work we, and our colleagues within the emergency services, do on a day and daily basis.”

Admission to the Emergency Services Day event is free of charge. Refreshments will be available to purchase at the event from a number of food vendors.

For further information on the event or to find out more about Fermanagh and Omagh PCSP, please telephone Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on 0300 303 1777 (calls charged at local rate) or text phone 028 8225 6216.