Blue Light Day 2019

23 August 2019 Posted by

Adults with a learning disability or autism and their carers in Cornwall were invited to learn how the emergency services in Cornwall work and have a fun day out at Cornwall’s annual Blue Light Day which took place on Wednesday 3 July.

The event, which was held at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, ran from 10am until 3pm and was free to attend.

Now in its 12th year, Blue Light Day aims to break down barriers between adults with learning disabilities and/or autism and the emergency services, helping them to be more confident and independent in the community.

Emergency service vehicles including police, fire, ambulance, coastguard, search and rescue teams, 4×4 response teams and many more were on show for everyone to explore.

Cornwall’s Fire and Rescue Service attended the event with one its fire engines for people to look around, along with demonstrations from Archie and Woody the fire dogs.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for environment and public protection Rob Nolan said: “As well as being really good fun for everyone involved, Blue Light Day offers an important service to those members of our communities who might be less familiar and sure about the work of the emergency services in Cornwall.”

In the middle of the day there was a demonstration to show how all the emergency services respond to a road traffic collision in slow time. One casualty was rescued from the passenger side by removing the door and the driver was removed on a spinal board with a full roof removal. There was commentary of the drill with everything explained as it happened.

Rob Rotchell, Cornwall Council cabinet member for adults, said: “Having been at last year’s event, I know how much this event is appreciated by all who attend.

“Being familiar with what the emergency services do and their vehicles might at some point, if someone was involved in some sort of emergency, give them some much needed reassurance and familiarity.

“It is fantastic to have the support of all organisations who are involved in responding to emergencies and keeping Cornwall safe.”

Other highlights of the day included performances with singing and signing, drums for fun, rhythm sticks and lots of dancing. There was also information available from over fifty different agencies that provide support for adults with disabilities including many different Cornwall Council services.

Blue Light Day is organised by Cornwall Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, South Western Ambulance service and Cornwall People First, a user-led advocacy group for people with a learning disability and /or autism.

This event supports Cornwall Council’s priority to protect and improve the lives of vulnerable adults here in Cornwall.

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