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Successful Three Counties Show for Emergency Services

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Representatives from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) say that their presence at this year’s Three Counties Show has helped showcase the work they do in partnership with the other emergency services, and hopefully will also encourage more people to consider career and volunteering opportunities with each organisation.

HWFRS joined West Mercia Police and First Responder staff from West Midlands Search and Rescue at the Emergency Services Village at the show, where the theme for the stand was road safety.

Station Manager at Malvern Fire Station, Mark Forsbrook, who helped organise the event, said: “We had literally hundreds of visitors to our stand over each of the three days and everyone seemed very interested to learn more about the work of the emergency services.

“Our focus was on road safety and we found that young people in particular were happy to take part in some of the activities we had devised - such as using ‘beer goggles’ to simulate the effects of how drink or drugs might impair their ability to drive – helping us get important road safety messages across in a safe and memorable manner.

“We also set up a series of mock rescues following a road traffic collision where a driver had been distracted by using a hand held mobile phone whilst driving. This attracted a lot of attention and while it highlighted the consequences of bad driving, it also allowed us to demonstrate the role of each of the emergency services and how we all work together during such incidents.

“The event also gave us an opportunity to explain more about what being an on-call firefighter involves and we are hopeful that we will attract more women and men who live or work close to a rural fire station to join the Fire Service.”

Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates visited the emergency services stand at the show and said: “I was delighted to see the level of interest shown by members of the public in relation to the work that all the emergency services carry out. All three blue light agencies work together on a daily basis and the displays at the show were an extension of this work. We are always on the lookout for new on-call firefighters and I hope our attendance at the Three Counties Show has sparked some interest in this vital community role."