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Emergency services join forces for special expo

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If you have ever wanted to watch a helicopter flyover, see firefighters respond to a blaze or observe a mock crash scene rescue, be sure not to miss the Singleton Emergency Services Expo.

The free family-friendly event will bring together local emergency services in one location on the green next to council’s Administration Centre carpark on Saturday 20 August between 9am and noon.

A broad range of agencies have partnered with Singleton Council to deliver the expo — including NSW Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue NSW, NSW Police, NSW SES, NSW Ambulance and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service — with a variety of activities on show including demonstrations and simulations, displays and emergency vehicles.

Council’s director infrastructure and planning services group Justin Fitzpatrick-Barr said the event was a unique opportunity to see services in action.

“As we know all too well here in Singleton, natural disasters can strike anytime and anywhere,” he stated.

“No one is immune, and the best thing you can do is ensure you and your family know exactly what to do when faced with a disaster or emergency.

“The expo will offer people of all ages the chance to both learn how to prepare for emergencies and see first-hand how emergency services personnel respond when the worst happens.

“It’ll be an exciting morning filled with amazing demonstration, including chainsaw operations, fire response demos, a helicopter flyover plus a multi-agency response to a car roll over simulation.”

Mr Fitzpatrick-Barr said the expo was also an opportune time to thank emergency services workers for their continued efforts in keeping the community safe.

“When severe storms and floods strike, fires rage, tragic road incidents occur, and even throughout the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, during the most difficult of times our emergency services are there for us,” he added.

“Don’t miss this chance to get a better understanding of what you can do to support them – all while having a fun day out with your family.

“Bes of all, entry is free.”

For more information, including the full list of participating emergency services agencies, visit https://www.singleton.nsw.gov.au/839/Emergency-Services-Expo

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