It’s Emergency Services Day today (9/9/19) and our volunteers have been doing their bit to promote the incredible worth of the blue light services and the work Serve On does to support them.
Community First Responders James from our @SOK9SAR Dog Team and former Rescue Rookie Matt, joined ambulance crews, firefighters, police and others at an early Emergency Services Day event in Salisbury’s Guildhall Square on Saturday.
James’s springer spaniel Molly, a qualified search dog (though not strictly first aid trained herself) predictably stole the show. As usual.
The event was a chance for paramedics and ambulance crews from South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT), along with representatives from Wiltshire Police and Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service to showcase their skills and some of their equipment.
The Emergency Services Day events are also aimed at promoting volunteering opportunities.
Volunteers are an essential part of the emergency services and play a core part in keeping Britain safe. They include Special Constables, Retained Firefighters, NHS Community Responders, St John Ambulance, RNLI, Coastguard and Search and Rescue volunteers, like our own charity members
Saturday’s event was the second 999 Day in Salisbury following the Novichok incidents in Salisbury and Amesbury last year.
The 999 Festival of Thanksgiving was held on Friday evening in Edinburgh this year, and the main event took place yesterday (Sunday) in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh.
Today’s 999 Day started at 9am with a two minutes silence to remember the emergency services personnel killed as a result of their duties.