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Meet the locals at Singleton Emergency Services Expo

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Paramedics, firefighters, police and first responders will be on scene to offer a glimpse of their daily lives at the annual Singleton Emergency Services Expo this month.

The free, family-friendly event, on Saturday 26 August, is scheduled to take place on the green next to Singleton Council administration building car park on Civic Avenue. 

Between 9am and noon, the community will have an opportunity to meet their local emergency services and see them in action. 

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 State Emergency Service, NSW Ambulance, and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. 

There will be a variety of activities available during the expo including demonstrations and simulations, displays and emergency vehicles on show, plus an emergency services mascot race. 

Singleton Emergency Services Expo: Hunter Valley Police District Acting Inspector Michael Magann, Singleton Council Emergency Management and Engagement Officer Kylie Wallace and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service’s Danny Eather.

Council’s acting director infrastructure and planning services Damian Morris said the expo was a great opportunity to see the emergency services in the one location and talk with them about preparedness. 

“This event showcases the capabilities of our local emergency services and gives them the opportunity to help the community get ready to meet the challenges of an emergency,” he said. 

“No one is immune to an emergency situation 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. This is particularly important with the local bushfire season due to begin on 1 September. 

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

“It’ll be an exciting morning filled with amazing demonstrations including a vertical rescue by specially trained NSW Ambulance paramedics plus bush fire and flood simulations of our local areas under different conditions.” 

Children are being encouraged to come dressed as their favourite emergency service to go into the competition for best dressed. 

Mr Morris 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, during the most difficult of times our emergency services are there for us,” he said. 

“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.” 

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