Blue Light Day 2019

1 July 2019 Posted by

Emergency Services gear up for Blue Light Day 2019

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

The event, which is being held at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, runs from 10am until 3pm and is 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.

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

Cornwall’s Fire and Rescue Service will be in attendance with one of 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 will be a demonstration to show how all the emergency services would respond to a road traffic collision in slow time. One casualty will be rescued from the passenger side by removing the door and the driver will be removed on a spinal board with a full roof removal. There will be commentary of the drill with everything explained. This drill is carried out by the operational crew from Wadebridge, working alongside the Police and Ambulance services.”

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 will include performances with singing and signing, drums for fun, rhythm sticks and lots of dancing. There will also be information available from over fifty different agencies that provide support for adults with disabilities including many different Cornwall Council services.

Blue Light Day is funded by Cornwall Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, Office of Police Crime Commissioner and Kernow Clinical Commission Group and is supported by South Western Ambulance service, Safer Cornwall  and Cornwall People First, a user-led advocacy group for people with a learning disability and /or autism and many other local charities and organisations.

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

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