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Council invites residents to 999 emergency event

By Connor Steel

FAREHAM BOROUGH COUNCIL have invited all local residents to attend their annual “999 Day” event to be held later this summer as it hopes to improve on previous successes; the occassion providing people with an opportunity to learn more about each of the emergency services and further celebrate their different roles in protecting the local community.

SA Energy Ltd has sponsored this free event and it will be held within the “pedestrianised area” of West Street on June 22 (Saturday) from 10am to 4pm. Staff from Hampshire Constabulary and Royal National Lifeboat Institution should be attending, whilst the firefighting service, ambulance services, coastguard and Search & Rescue are likely to participate.

A variety of retired emergency vehicles are due to be displayed throughout the event and can be explored by visitors of all ages, whilst they are able to speak to representatives about their roles and equipment used. Fareham Library is also set to host a free craft sessions themed around emergency services although this will end when all resources are used.

Borough Councillor, Connie Hockley, commented online in a statement last week: “999 Day is always popular and I am delighted that it is returning once again this year. Families will love this fun and free event, so come along and meet the emergency services ‘heroes’ to find out about this fantastic work they do to keep us all safe (within local communities).”

Further information about the event may be seen by clicking www.fareham.gov.uk/999 and organisers are encouraging those with emergency vehicles to contact their team if they want to get involved for the day. This can be done by either calling 01329 236100 or sending a ‘short email’ to leisure@fareham.gov.uk to speak to somebody as soon as possible.

PICTURED BY FAREHAM BOROUGH COUNCIL: Emergency vehicles ‘parked’ on West Street for previous 999 event.