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Blue Light Event at Barmouth RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

There was huge excitement and enthusiasm at the RNLI Boathouse on the promenade in Barmouth on Saturday 6th August when all the Emergency Services joined forces to hold a ‘Blue Light Day’.

Organised by PCSO David Hughes there were stalls, displays and demonstrations from North Wales Police, British Transport Police, Marine Watch, HM Coastguard and Mountain Rescue, Air Ambulance, the Royal Lifesaving Society and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.  Each organisation came together to show the general public the important role they play and to provide information about our emergency services in an entertaining, interactive and informative manner.

 

During the fun-packed afternoon children were allowed to sit in a real police car with the sirens blaring. One of the highlights for them was to have their fingerprints taken and to be able to take them home to keep in their own keyring. South Snowdonia Search and Rescue team representatives displayed their vehicles and equipment and gave lessons in knot making.  The Royal Life Saving Society explained their role in education and the prevention of drowning.  Children tried on RNLI volunteer crewmen’s kit and the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign was on hand to give information and advice of how to stay safe in our coastal waters.

 Altogether it was a very successful day and a great example of what can be achieved when public sector partners join forces in an effective campaign.

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