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Police and Fire HQ in Portishead to open doors for annual Open Day

Avon and Somerset Police and Avon Fire and Rescue HQ in Portishead will be opening its doors on Sunday 16 September for the annual Emergency Services Open Day.

This popular annual event showcases the work of emergency services working across Avon and Somerset.

As well as Avon and Somerset Constabulary and Avon Fire and Rescue representatives from HM Coastguard, British Red Cross, RNLI, Mountain Rescue and Wessex 4 X 4 will be at the event amongst many others.

Visitors are set to enjoy an action packed day with displays from the Avon and Somerset’s Police Dog, Mounted and Firearms sections and car cutting and animal rescue demonstrations from Avon Fire and Rescue.

Members of the public will also have the chance to learn more about those who volunteer in communities including Specials, Cadets and Neighbourhood watch.

There will be plenty on offer for younger visitors including a treasure hunt and an opportunity to work alongside the Major Crime Team and become a ‘young detective’ for the day.

There will also be a variety of food outlets and picnic areas available.

The full schedule of events will be released over the coming months.

The Open Day is a fully ticketed event. Tickets are free and will be available from 10am on 6th July from https://hqopenday2018.eventbrite.co.uk .

A limited number of tickets for tours of the Communications Centre will also be available.

Further tickets will be released throughout the summer.  Dates of future ticket releases will be publicised in advance on Avon and Somerset’s social media channels and website.

Tickets are usually snapped up very quickly – last year the first batch of tickets sold out in just 11 minutes.

Police Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I’m delighted our Emergency Services Open Day is returning for another year.  The day gives us the opportunity to showcase all aspects of our emergency services and the people who work so hard to keep us safe.

“We’ve got demonstrations from the dogs, horses, fire and ambulance.  Have a go on our mini roads with the road safety team, watch operational training in action.”

“There’s something for everyone and I know families will have a great day out.  Every year the tickets go so quickly so don’t hang around if you want to come along. I look forward to seeing you there.”

Andy Marsh, Chief Constable, Avon and Somerset Police said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming visitors to HQ again this year and we are delighted that so many of our colleagues from across the Emergency Services will be joining us.  Last year’s event was a huge success with thousands of people spending the day finding out more about the invaluable work carried out every day to help keep communities safe.  It’s set to be a fantastic day.”

Mick Crennell, Chief Fire Officer for Avon Fire and Rescue Service, added: “This is a fantastic event and allows us to open our doors to the public and share with them exactly what we do, which is covering more than just fires.

“We do an increasing amount of work within the community and it is great to share this with families and young people in a fun and friendly atmosphere. By showcasing our car cutting and animal rescue skills, we hope there will be something for everyone.”

Our Emergency Services Open Day would not be possible without the support of our proud partners, which include BT/Cisco, Pig on the Hill, O2, Qlik and Xerox
Posted on Monday 2nd July 2018
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