Over 2,000 visitors enjoyed what is believed to be Kent’s largest-ever gathering of emergency services personnel and vehicles at an Emergency Services Fun Day held by Air Ambulance Charity Kent Surrey Sussex (KSS) on Saturday 9th September, to coincide with National 999 day.
Held in glorious sunshine at the charity’s Rochester Airport base, the event gave families from across the region a chance to meet representatives from local emergency services.
These included Kent Fire and Rescue Service, South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb), Kent Police bike, HM Coastguard and Search and Rescue, SERV Blood Bikes, Community First Responders and DocBike.
Visitors were able to get up close to, and inside some of, the emergency service vehicles including a fire engine and helicopters from KSS and HM Coastguard, as well as a Search and Rescue boat. Many also enjoyed meeting and being photographed with KSS mascot, Skye.
During the day visitors saw the KSS air ambulance helicopter depart several times to provide life-saving care at incidents across the region, a timely reminder of the vital work the charity, and other emergency services, do every day.
Members of Faversham Community First Responders demonstrated how to do life-saving CPR and how defibrillators work.
Entertainment was provided by local singer Hazel South, Elton John tribute act Elton James, and the Rock Choir with food stalls and plenty of games to enjoy, there was something for all the family.
David Welch, Chief Executive of KSS, said “It’s been fantastic to see so many families having fun while learning more about their local emergency services. We’d like to thank all our partners across the other services who joined us for a very special day.
We hope everyone who came along had a great day out and left knowing more about the fantastic collaboration that goes on between all the emergency services which work so hard to keep us all safe.”