Eastbourne 999 event this weekend

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The popular 999 event takes place on the Western Lawns in Eastbourne this weekend when the spotlight will be on the emergency services.

Thousands of people are expected to visit the seafront to meet members of the emergency services and get an up-close look at 999 response vehicles.

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Organisations taking part include Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, South East Coast Ambulance Service, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, RNLI and the event is supported by Eastbourne Borough Council.

Displays and demonstrations will be running between 11am and 5pm Saturday and Sunday July 11 and 12.

Highlights of the weekend will include a kitchen fire safety demonstration which shows how quickly a kitchen fire can spread, a road traffic collision demonstration, rescues by the lifeboat and coastguards and a display by the Newfoundland Dogs Team.

Fire service borough commander for Eastbourne Dave Sheppard said, “Eastbourne 999 is a very popular family event that attracts tens of thousands of visitors into the town and we are looking forward to taking part again this year.

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Eastbourne

“The event is free and open to everyone so we would love to see as many people as possible over the weekend come along to watch the fantastic displays on offer and talk to your local emergency responders about what we do.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne will also be attending the opening of the show and will be taking the opportunity to talk to residents about crime in their area.

The commissioner and members of her office will be speaking to residents about their thoughts on how safe they feel in their community, and the priorities they would like to see the police focus on.

Mrs Bourne said, “I’m delighted to be returning to the 999 show in Eastbourne this weekend as it is always a enjoyable and lively event, highlighting the important work of the emergency services.

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Eastbourne ambulance

“I want to meet as many residents as possible and capture their feedback so I can ensure the Police and Crime Plan for Sussex continues to accurately represent local priorities.”

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