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Blue Light Open Day Success

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PCC Hardyal Dhindsa, with police and fire & rescue representatives, at Ashbourne Open Day

Visitors flocked to Ashbourne Fire Station last weekend for an open day hosted by Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) and Derbyshire Constabulary.

The road safety themed event was the brainchild of DFRS Crew Manager, Lee Jones, and highlighted the work of the two blue light emergency services.  Visitors witnessed an impressive – and reassuring - demonstration of a road traffic collision rescue, looked around the specialist fire and police vehicles and talked to specialists about road safety issues, including child seats.

Other attractions included a bouncy castle, face painting and hook a duck stands for younger visitors, and stands from local partners such as the Derbyshire Dales District Council and the St John Ambulance.

Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa joined the fun as part of his #D383 tour of Derbyshire.  He said afterwards: “This was a really good community event.  Lots of people, lots to see and a great atmosphere.  It highlighted for me how people are interested in public safety and the services available in support of that. 

“I think people also appreciated seeing the two services sharing the same location.  All public services are facing a relentless funding challenge and we need to do more with less.  Sharing premises with our partners makes good use of public buildings and enables savings to be reinvested in frontline services.

“I would particularly like to add my thanks to Lee Jones who I know put an immense amount of time and energy into organising the event.”

PC Rachel Baggaley, from Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This was a great opportunity for us to show the community of Ashbourne our new base, which we share with our fire service colleagues. It was very well attended and I look forward to welcoming people to similar open days in future.”

Organiser of the open day, Crew Manager Lee Jones said: “Open Days are a great opportunity for our communities to come along and meet the firefighters and emergency response teams from their own area, as well as an opportunity for us to promote some important safety messages in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

“This year, with the support of our colleagues from Derbyshire Police who are now sharing the fire station here in Ashbourne with us, we have been able to deliver a bespoke road traffic collision event, raising awareness of the dangers of driver distraction and speeding. 

“It was great to see so many families from not only the local area, but others that had travelled specifically to attend, come along and help make the event a great success and know they would be going home with an increased knowledge of the work that both ourselves and police colleagues carry out whilst working together to make Derbyshire safer.”


Media Enquiries:  Sallie Blair 01283 821012


Posted on Wednesday 9th August 2017
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