Truckloads of fun, but no emergency

SIRENS blared and smoke billowed across Adventureland Park on Sunday as Esperance emergency services gathered for the Emergency Services Fun Day.

Esperance Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (EVFRS), St John Ambulance (SJA), Police, State Emergency Services (SES), Marine Rescue, Shire of Esperance Rangers Service, Department of Transport (DoT), Main Roads and Goodwin-McCarthy Helicopters had stalls to provide information to the community.

EVFRS operated a smoke machine inside a shipping container to simulate a house fire, and invited the community to experience it.

EVFRS foreman Tim Ammon said EVFRS were proud to be part of the event.

“It is really important to teach the younger generation about fire safety,” Mr Ammon said.

“They are taught what to do in the event of a housefire at school, but this simulation gives them the opportunity to put what they have learnt into practice.”

The police took photos of community members wearing reflective police gear, the DoT invited people to experience being winched aboard their boat, SJA offered people the chance to practise first aid skills on a resuscitation doll and Goodwin-McCarthy Helicopters invited people to sit in the pilot’s seat.

Shire of Esperance director of community services Rod Hilton said the day presented an opportunity for the community to learn more about the emergency services.

“It is important to show people what services are available and what they each do,” Mr Hilton said.

“The rangers service for example are not just about dogs, but also aim to educate the community and make them aware of what to do to abide by the law.”

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