EMERGENCY vehicles packed out HMS Sultan yesterday as lights flashed and horns sounded.
But it was all part of the fun as the Royal Navy establishment in Gosport played host to a community awareness day in a bid to promote health and safety to young people in the area.
It saw more than 1,300 pupils aged between 10 and 18 from primary and secondary schools across Gosport and Fareham take part.
The event promoted all aspects of safety including road safety, fire prevention, first aid, crime prevention, sea safety, drug and alcohol awareness and anti-social behaviour.
Lieutenant Andy Billings of the Royal Navy Police, said: ‘We have got very good relationships with the emergency services.
‘We are hoping to educate people on all aspects of public safety.
‘We have succeeded if we have been able to put someone off committing a crime or by saving someone’s life.’
There were demonstrations, displays and interactive activities including fire-fighting displays, police dog displays and crime scene techniques.
It was the first time the Royal Navy has held an event on this scale.
Representatives from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service demonstrated the dangers of chip pan fires, and also taught pupils about the importance of road safety.
Bob New, community support officer, said: ‘It’s a good interactive day. It’s really good that the children know how to behave and what to do in the event of a fire.’
Steve Harvey, assistant headteacher at Portchester Community School, said: ‘It’s great. It’s nice to have all the uniformed services and the whole safety curriculum being covered under one roof.
‘The students are very engaged. Kids are always going to be more engaged if they are doing things rather than being told things.
‘Health and safety is part of the national curriculum. We are hoping that students will go away with a clearer view of how to manage safety issues in their lives.’
Student Sarah Earl, 14, said: ‘It’s been really good. It’s important because people think it’s going to be boring, but a lot of people end up having jobs like this.
‘This gives them an idea of the different things they can do.’