This coming Saturday (27th JULY 2019) Hyde Civic Square will come alive to the ‘sound of sirens’ when Hyde Town Team, in conjunction with Greater Manchester Police, Hyde Police Cadets, GMFRS, Blood Bikes Manchester, NHS North West Ambulance – First Responders, Be Well Tameside; health & Safety in the working environment training company, Mediskills and members of The Royal Navy Lifeboat Institution, will be demonstrating their skills and outlining their services, to shoppers and visitors at Hyde’s annual Blue Light Day.

The event which runs from 10am until 3:00pm is free to attend and is intended to give town centre shoppers, visitors and the local Hyde community the opportunity to meet men and women from the frontline teams and receive advice on various security and safety matters.

Following on from the huge success of last year’s event, Julia Harrison, Chair of Hyde Town Team, told how the team are really pleased to be hosting this; our town’s fourth ‘Blue Light Day’ which is designed to be a fun, yet a serious way for the communities of Hyde to meet face to face with members of our local emergency services.

Highlights of the day will include: various demonstrations from the emergency services. Staff from the police, NHS first responders, Fire & Rescue, Blood Bikes Manchester, and first aiders, part of the Mediskills nursing team, who will be carrying out demonstrations of CPR and defibrillator use, as well as free basic health surveillance tests. This year we have arranged for the RNLI to exhibit and there’ll also be an actual NHS ambulance for the kids to explore and even a few ‘paramedic outfits’ that they can dress up in to really become part of the day!

NHS personnel from ‘Be Well Tameside’ will also be on hand carrying out free blood pressure and cholesterol tests.

It is also hoped that Police dogs and the GMFRS Fire Service dog will also be there too!

GMP have arranged for a mobile Police Station, where Neighbourhood Watch & PCSO’s will be explaining the benefits of community involvement, whilst GMFRS will be demonstrating the impact of driving while under the influence drink or drugs in a specially adapted VW van. The simulation device within the van demonstrates in a safe way how driving under the influence of drink or drugs effects drivers. The simulator demonstration causes confusion, visual distortion, slowed reaction times and lack of coordination.

Training officers from Hyde’s Price’s Trust Team will be talking about their community involvement programmes as well as regular Firefighters who will be advising on domestic fire prevention schemes including the booking of free fire alarm installations.

There will be demonstrations throughout the day by NHS Ambulance Service –first responders and paramedics, who deal daily with critical live-saving situations and the Blood Bikes Manchester; a group of volunteer bikers who save lives by transporting essential medical items, including blood, plasma, platelets, biological samples, x-rays and medical notes between hospitals and healthcare institutions daily.

Officially opening the event will be Chief Superintendent Neil Evans; Territorial Commander for Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside along with Phil Nelson, Group Manager for Stockport & Tameside GMFRS, also in attendance will be The Worshipful the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Councillor Leigh Drennan and volunteers from the Town Team.

There will be face painting for the kids, a fun competition to win a Morrisons Family Hamper & the Town Team’s Grand Raffle will be drawn. And all this will be covered throughout the day by Tameside Radio’s Outside Broadcast team.

Chief Superintendent Evans said: “This promises to be a fantastic event and is a great opportunity for members of the public to meet their local emergency services and our partner agencies.

It gives us an opportunity to talk about safety with people from all areas of our local communities including children from the local schools, disabled, the elderly and members from all Hyde’s community groups. It’s also an ideal occasion where local issues can be shared and discussed with the emergency services in a relaxed environment”

Phil Nelson added, “The Blue Light Day in Hyde is a great opportunity for residents to see the important work all the emergency services do in and around the town. I’m really pleased to be joining them for what is set to be a fantastic event with lots of entertainment and a serious message about how the police, fire, ambulance and the other emergency services work in a genuine and close partnership to keep our communities, workers and visitors safe.”

Stalybridge & Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds said, “I am always proud to support this annual Town Team event with its message of helping people across our community integrate with members of the emergency services. And I’d like to thank the emergency services for being willing to support the event, for the fun aspects and obvious enjoyment that they’re putting into it, as well as the serious messages.”