Over 2,000 visitors enjoyed what is believed to have been Kent’s largest-ever gathering of emergency services personnel and vehicles at our Emergency Services Fun Day held on Saturday 9th September, to coincide with National 999 day.
Held in glorious sunshine at our Rochester Airport base, the event gave families from across the region a chance to meet representatives from local emergency services.
These included Kent Fire and Rescue Service, South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb), Kent Police bike, HM Coastguard and Search and Rescue, SERV Blood Bikes, Community First Responders and DocBike.
Visitors were also able to get up close to, and inside some of, the emergency service vehicles including a fire engine and helicopters from KSS and HM Coastguard, as well as a Search and Rescue boat. Many also enjoyed meeting and being photographed with our mascot, Skye.
During the day visitors saw the KSS air ambulance helicopter depart several times to provide life-saving care at incidents across the region, a timely reminder of the vital work the charity, and the other emergency services, do every day.
Members of Faversham Community First Responders demonstrated how to do life-saving CPR and how defibrillators work.
Entertainment was provided by local singer Hazel South, Elton John tribute act Elton James, and the Rock Choir With food stalls and plenty of games to enjoy, there was something for all the family.
Our Chief Executive, David Welch, said: “It’s been fantastic to see so many families having fun while learning more about their local emergency services. We’d like to thank all our partners across the other services who joined us for a very special day.
“We hope everyone who came along had a great day out and left knowing more about the fantastic collaboration that goes on between all the emergency services which work so hard to keep us all safe.”
For information about our forthcoming Heli Hikes, being held in Kent, Surrey and Sussex see our events page.