Portishead police HQ to hold emergency services open day

PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 July 2018

The event attracts thousands of visitors.

The event attracts thousands of visitors.

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The doors of Avon and Somerset's police and fire headquarters will be thrown open to the public later this year.

The site in Valley Road will open on September 16 for the annual emergency services open day.

As well as the police and fire service, representatives from HM Coastguard, British Red Cross, and the RNLI will be on hand to meet visitors.

Guests will also be able to enjoy displays by Avon and Somerset’s police dog, mounted and firearms sections, as well as car cutting and animal rescue demonstrations.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming visitors to headquarters again this year and we are delighted so many of our colleagues from across the emergency services will be joining us.

“Last year’s event was a huge success with thousands of people spending the day finding out more about the invaluable work carried out every day to help keep communities safe.”

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Mick Crennell, Chief Fire Officer for Avon Fire and Rescue, added: “This is a fantastic event and allows us to open our doors to the public and share with them exactly what we do, which is covering more than just fires.

“We do an increasing amount of work within the community and it is great to share this with families and young people in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

“By showcasing our car cutting and animal rescue skills we hope there will be something for everyone.”

Children will also be entertained with a treasure hunt and a chance to work with the major crime team by becoming a detective for the day.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “The day gives the opportunity to showcase all aspects of our emergemcy services and the people who work so hard to keep us safe.

“There is something for everyone and I know families will have a great day out.

“Every year the tickets go so quickly, so don’t hang around if you want to come along.”

A variety of food stalls and picnic spots will also be on offer.

The open day will run from 10am-4pm.

A limited number of free tickets are available online.

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