Emergency show lifts off this weekend
THE blue light spectacular Emergency Services Show is all set for lift off this weekend with an appearance by two air ambulance helicopters.
Wiltshire Air Ambulance, which currently doubles as the county’s police air support, will be dropping in alongside its Great Western counterpart.
And for the first time visitors will be offered a bird’s eye view of the show with commercial helicopter rides.
Organising committee chairman Chris Harvey, one of the retained firefighters at Malmesbury, said: “Although the show took a break in 2012 due to the operational commitments for the Olympics, the committee was still thinking of how the 2013 show could be made bigger and better for its return.
“After a lot of planning and late nights the committee is confident that visitors to this year’s show will not be disappointed.
“There is lots of exciting exhibitor and trade stands to visit, demonstrations large and small including heavy vehicle recovery demo and close up extrication demonstrations, fairground rides, parachute display and all the emergency services personnel to meet and greet.”
Staged by a volunteer group of firefighters, police, paramedics and Highways Agency workers, the show is one of the biggest of its kind in the country and raises thousands of pounds for emergency service charities.
The event at Hullavington Airfield features vintage vehicles, fire engine rides, a police dog competition, go karting for children and the chance for a close up look at some of the latest fire appliances, ambulances and police vehicles.
It runs between 10am and 4pm.
The visit by the air ambulances is subject to operational requirements and the flights are weather dependent.
Visit emergencyservicesshow.com for information and advance tickets.