Emergency crews show their skills

Tough task: firefighters simulate cutting a crash victim from a car
Tough task: firefighters simulate cutting a crash victim from a car

FLASHiNG blue lights and wailing sirens filled the Piece Hall for a celebration of the emergency services.

All the 999 teams – police, firefighters and paramedics – were at the event to talk to the crowds of visitors about their work. There was the chance to see the rescue teams deal with accidents with a mock crash scene set up.

Firefighters had their newest piece of equipment – the combined aerial rescue pump – on show, along with the rescue boat, usually based at Brighouse Fire Station, a driver simulator to promote road safety and a seatbelt sledge to demonstrate the serious injuries that can be caused if people do not belt up.

Calderdale Council were also at the event to hand out road safety advice along with aspiring motor racing champion Anton Spires, who is a road safety ambassador for AA DriveTech, an organisation which promotes safer driving attitudes among young drivers.

Anton, 18 and from Buckingham, said: “It might seem a bit of a conflict, wanting to promote driver safety to my age group one minute and then driving flat out at Silverstone the next, but it’s not.

“Driving at the top of your game, whether it’s on the road or on the track, requires the right frame of mind, total concentration and high levels of skill.”

There was also a bungee swing, inflatable slides and a raffle in aid of road safety charity Support and Care after Road Death and Injury, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Fire Fighters Charity.