Three Counties Show a Success for Emergency Services
The stand was set up by Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (H&WFRS) with Gloucester Fire and Rescue Service, West Mercia Police and West Midlands Ambulance Service, as well as by representatives from the Institute of Advanced Motorists, Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) and the Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia.
While each agency highlighted their particular area of work, the focus for the Show was on rural road safety and the role each agency plays. Visitors were able to watch a dramatic mock rescue following a serious road traffic collision and also had the opportunity to take part in a series of educational activities. This included pre-driver training, organised by the Institute of Advanced Motorists, which attracted many younger visitors. A police marked John Deere tractor brought along by West Mercia Police to promote the security of agricultural vehicles (which was on loan from Thames Valley Police) also created a lot of interest.
Watch Commander Darren Packwood from H&WFRS's Community Safety department said: "The Three Counties Show is an important part of our Community Safety calendar, giving us an opportunity to promote a range of key issues, especially those affecting our more rural communities. This year's stand was more interactive than ever and certainly attracted plenty of visitors."
He continued: "Our demonstration to illustrate the devastating consequences of a chimney fire in a living room went down really well with the public, and this gave us a chance to offer advice on the importance of having chimneys swept regularly, and ensuring that woodburners are installed by a competent person."
Hundreds of visitors also went through H&WFRS's smoke house, and this helped highlight the importance of having a working smoke alarm fitted in the home.