03 August 2015 - Emergency services join forces for #999Day

999 day 2014

North West Ambulance Service is taking part in Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service's annual Emergency Services Open Day.

The fifth event of its kind will take place on Thursday August 6, 2015, between 10am and 4pm and will unfold on the car parks close to the Food Hall.

Fire fighters will be joined by Greater Manchester Police (GMP), North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and a range of other emergency response, community safety and support services.

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “Our '999 Day' in 2014 saw in excess of 165 displays made up of emergency vehicles, vintage appliances, demonstrations and displays and there will be all of that on offer this year, plus more.

“Last year’s event was attended by over 10,000 people and we are hoping to encourage even more to come along and join in the fun on August 6.  We are your emergency services and we'll be there to meet you and your family and help keep you safe.”

Visitors to this free event will be able to see a range of vehicles, appliances and equipment from the agencies who work together to make Greater Manchester and the North West a safer place. 

Members of all the emergency services will be on hand to answer your questions and there will be a range of live displays throughout the day including road traffic collision, kitchen safety, domestic sprinklers, cadet unit demonstrations, children’s fire engine, plus more.

Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd said: “Emergency Services Day has grown from strength to strength these last few years, and it’s wonderful to see so many people coming together to have fun and learn more about the blue light services that do so much to protect their families, friends and neighbourhoods.

“Amid the fun, I hope people are also reminded of the courage and dedication that’s displayed by our emergency services on a daily basis.”

North West Ambulance Service Director of Operations, Derek Cartwright said: “The 999 day provides the public with a unique opportunity to talk to frontline ambulance staff about their roles and how they can help an emergency. Our staff and volunteers will be teaching people how to do CPR and use a defibrillator and when to call 999 and NHS 111.”

Follow the updates on Twitter by searching for #999Day.

For information about the event visit GMFRS’ website - http://manchesterfire.gov.uk/updates/events/emergency-services-open-day-2015/

Directions to the event and details on access by public transport can be found on the Trafford Centre's website - http://intu.co.uk/traffordcentre/centre-information/how-to-find-us