10 August 2015 - Record breaking 999 day

CPR with Children

A record-breaking number of visitors flocked to the annual Emergency Services Day at intu Trafford Centre last week.

Despite the unseasonal weather, around 15,000 people attended the fifth annual event of its kind, which ran from 10am until 4pm on Thursday 6 August.

The day featured a range of displays and demonstrations by the emergency services and various other supporting agencies from Greater Manchester and beyond.

The Orient car park was flooded with all kinds of vehicles – from vintage police cars to the most modern firefighting appliances – various stalls, equipment displays and children’s games.

Mayor of Trafford, Councillor John Holden, officially opened the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service event and was joined on stage by NWAS Chairman Wyn Dignan along with representatives from police and fire.

Members of all the emergency services were on hand to provide safety advice, answer questions and share life-saving skills such as CPR, while NWAS mascot PandaMedic was on hand to meet and greet visitors to the NWAS stand.

There were live demonstrations throughout the day, including a road traffic collision rescue, chip pan fire, domestic sprinklers, rope rescue and a demonstration from the community fire cadets.

It’s estimated that the NWAS team trained over a thousand people in CPR and engaged with 2,500 people about calling 999 and 111.

North West Ambulance Service Director of Operations, Derek Cartwright, said: “This year’s 999 day was a massive success with our crews teaching thousands of children CPR skills and even more now aware that they can call our NHS 111 service for medical help when it’s not an emergency.

“The event highlights the fantastic work of emergency services across the county and how we work together to benefit the Greater Manchester population.”

The Trust would like to say a huge “thank you” to all of the staff who volunteered their time to help on the day!