A MUSTER of police, firefighters, paramedics, and coastal volunteers pitched up on Andrews Way yesterday for the annual Emergency Services Day.

The event, which was celebrating its third anniversary, was a chance for members of the public to watch live demonstrations of police dog-handling tests, house-fire rescues, road-traffic-collision presentations, and introductions to emergency service vehicles.

The day was also a chance for all emergency services around the Furness area to speak to the public one-on-one for a variety of reasons including recruitment, or to raise concerns.

PSCO and event organiser, Carys Brockbank said: “The event is a chance for us to inform and educate the public about all services available and the role they play.

“We’ve introduced more family activities this year to get children involved.

“A couple of activities include registration-plate eye tests and courses on keeping safe distances while driving.

“It’s also great to speak to our emergency services including volunteer coastal teams and community groups including Women’s Community Matters, The Well Community and Barrow and Walney First Responders.

“Speaking to the public gives us the chance to change the ideology that some people have of emergency services.

“We’re here to help and always there if you need us.”

Barrow fire station manager, Roger Exley said: “It’s a great event and a day of celebrating emergency services working together to protect the public.

“From the coastguard to the police, we all work together and know each other on a first-name basis.

“We do the demonstrations to let the public know how our state-of-the-art equipment works.

“It’s a chance to speak to the public about the importance of all kinds of safety measures such as fire alarms, and we get to speak to possible new recruits.”

Jason Benn, of Furness Coastguard, said working together with other emergency services is ‘vitally important’.