Emergency services wow shoppers in Fareham at annual 999 day

  • Crowds flock to Fareham town centre on Saturday
  • Event organised by Fareham Borough Council
  • Dozens of emergency service crews meet the public
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IF YOU saw blue lights and heard sirens in Fareham this weekend, don’t panic it was all in good spirit.

For the annual 999 day returned to the town centre on Saturday and saw dozens of emergency services put on a show.

It is a lovely idea and it is really nice and such a good day. It’s nice to see all the different vehicles together.

Paul Clarke, 43, from Hythe, Kent

The free event, organised by Fareham Borough Council, allowed visitors to get up close and personal with fire and rescue vehicles on display.

Gary Cross, a firefighter from Fareham fire station, said: ‘Days like this are important as people can come along, ask the questions, wear the gear.

‘It’s good for all agencies, police, fire, every one, as people know that you go to a fire but they don’t know all the other jobs. When they start looking around, they realise and find out.’

Six-year-old Harry Clarke, from Hythe, was enjoying the day with his dad Paul, 43, and two-year-old brother Tommy. They were visiting grandparents Barry and Patsy Clarke, from Portchester, and decided to make the most of the family event.

Harry said: ‘It has been really fun. I got to go on a motorbike.’

Paul said: ‘It is a lovely idea and it is really nice and such a good day. It’s nice to see all the different vehicles together.’

As well as having serving vehicles, there were vintage cars and vehicles on show too.

Martyn Calder, from Waterlooville, was there with his 2002 Ford Crown Victoria Police Inceptor, from New York.

Martyn, 50, was parked up alongside Sheldon Ware, 44, from Honiton, Devon, who had a 1991 Chevrolet Caprice from New York.

Sheldon said: ‘It’s been a very good day.’

Eight-year-old Dixie-May Heiford was at the event with her dad Mark Heiford, 48, from Fareham.

She said: ‘I’ve liked everything, especially Sheldon’s car.’

Crew members from St John’s ambulance were there with a walk-on ambulance and they were demonstrating CPR.

Other attractions included activities run by the RNLI for children teaching them about water safety; Ramora UK brought a bomb disposal robot and there was a police BMW motorcycle.