Eastbourne’s spectacular 999 weekend wows!

Luke Slaughter and ESFR Community Safety Officer Luke Holman on the fire hose
Luke Slaughter and ESFR Community Safety Officer Luke Holman on the fire hose

EASTBOURNE’S 999 Weekend is being hailed a huge success with record crowds and glorious sunshine.

More than 20,000 people are believed to have attended the event on the Western Lawns on July 2 and 3, to look at the work carried out by emergency and volunteer services.

A family is shown an NHS blood service motorbike by Peter Burnett

A family is shown an NHS blood service motorbike by Peter Burnett

This year East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service hosted the event and teamed up with Sussex Police, South East Coast Ambulance Service, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, RNLI and supported by Eastbourne Borough Council.

Chief fire officer and chief executive officer Des Prichard said the event was a tremendous success and firefighters and support staff enjoyed meeting local people to give advice on a whole host of safety matters and to talk about the work of the fire service.

The Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team was also there with the Eastbourne Volunteer Police Cadets, who coded more than 200 bicycles and gave advice on cycle security.

Ambulance staff also highlighted their work along with the Eastbourne Community Responders team and coastguards also gave advice to visitors and coastal users to reduce the number of incidents at sea.

Police dog demonstration catching a 'criminal'

Police dog demonstration catching a 'criminal'

The local coastguards and members of Eastbourne’s lifeboat crews worked together on a search and rescue demonstration off the shores of the Wish Tower.

Now in its 24th consecutive year, the free annual event boasted a fire service display with a small house fire in which youngsters could use real hoses to put the pretend fire out and then a fire safety message would pop-up.

Eastbourne Borough Commander Julie Gilbert-King, who led on much of the organisation, said, “The event has once again been a fantastic event, but of course it does not come together without great support from others.”