Posted on 17th July 2019

More than 6,000 people got an insight into the work of the emergency services at this year’s Blue Light Open Day (Sunday 14 July 2019).

Held jointly between Cheshire Police and Cheshire Fire and Rescue, the day was a chance for the Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Service to showcase the skilled and varied work they do.

There were displays from the Constabulary Band and a demonstration of how the police and fire services work together in a road traffic collision. A second display arena provided action packed demonstrations of public order policing, dealing with petrol bombings, a Taser demonstration officers and the fire service’s rope rescue team.

The police dogs proved as popular as ever with more than 1,000 people turning up throughout the day to see them demonstrate their skills.

In the Tactical Training Centre, exhibitors were on hand to issue crime prevention advice, safety tips and information.

Police and crime commissioner, David Keane, said: “The Open Day provided a fantastic opportunity for Cheshire residents to see what goes on behind the scenes at two important blue light services.

“It was great to see so many families engaging in the activities to see for themselves how Cheshire Police is working to tackle all types of crime to help keep our communities safe.

“Community engagement is really important and what better way to connect with our communities than opening the doors to the police and fire headquarters.

“A big thank you to all the officers, staff and volunteers that worked the event. Without their support, it wouldn’t have been possible.”

Temp assistant chief constable, Matt Welsted, added: "I would like to thank everyone involved in the fantastic planning and delivery of the Blue Light Open Day.

"The event was a real success and could not have been achieved without the personal efforts of so many people and a real sense of teamwork from across the Constabulary.

"These include Corporate Communications, Print Services, the exhibitors at the event, operational staff who worked on the day, the FCC and our volunteers and Special Constables and many more.

"From speaking to the public it is clear that this day is extremely valuable in engaging with the communities we serve and showcasing some of the great work that goes on across the force.

"I would also like to thank our partners at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service who teamed up with us for the event. They also played a key role in ensuring the smooth running of the day and demonstrating the fantastic work of the emergency services."