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Council celebrate hosting successful 999 Day event

By Connor Steel

FAREHAM BOROUGH COUNCIL were celebrating after hundreds of local residents and families attended their annual ‘999 Day’ occasion in the town centre throughout Saturday (June 22); which gave the whole community the opportunity to talk with emergency service representatives and examine a mix of static vehicles being displayed along West Street.

The free event was initially announced earlier this year and was kindly sponsored by SA Energy Ltd in partnership with the council as organisers aimed to improve on their 2023 ‘edition’. And they were welcomed with warmer temperatures throughout the day as a steady crowd of visitors were able to enjoy the ‘varying attractions’ on offer from 10am to 4pm.

Visitors were able to talk with representatives from most emergency services including Hampshire Constabulary, South Central Ambulance Service, RNLI, Hampshire Search & Rescue, Firefighters, and the Coastguard; who were all happy to answer a huge range of questions. This featured queries about their job, responsibilities, memories, and themselves.

There was further this large chance to explore both retired and serving emergency vehicles that were all displayed; the sunshine helping draw attention from shoppers and families. Many people enjoyed posing for a photograph and seeing emergency equipment; whilst there were CPR lessons, crash simulators and 2 craft workshops within Fareham Library.

It was a day that received praise as one Globe reader outlined: “My family popped into town and we all enjoyed seeing the vehicles; our thanks go to the ambulance staff who showed our toddler all the equipment inside”. Meanwhile social media users thanked everybody for “a fine afternoon of family fun” and the “organised event that celebrated our heros”.

Readers can see more information about this event by visiting www.fareham.gov.uk/999 and may keep up to date with other occasions on the council website; whilst photographs from Portsmouth News can be viewed in the image gallery.

PICTURED BY FAREHAM BOROUGH COUNCIL: Emergency vehicles stand on West Street for Saturday’s 999 event.