If you think Emergency Services Day sounds boring, you'd be wrong. Where else would you have the chance to sit in a real military chopper? In this case, it was a Combat Aviator army chopper. Plenty of mums and dads were just as interested as the kids, whose eyes shone with excitement as they tried out the seats in the helicopter. Adults can't actually stand fully upright inside the chopper, which surprised me.
Emergency Services Day gave the community the chance to talk to emergency service workers. At their information stalls, Police, Fire and Rescue, Queensland Ambulance, State Emergency Services, the Army, the RSPCA, Youth Connect and others promoted community resilience and offered brochures, sample bags and booklets.
CPR & bushfire response demos on site.
Many emergency vehicles attracted attendees, plus there was entertainment by Lil Squirt, Blazer and Constable Clancy. Mid-morning saw a stirring bushfire simulation and response. Military dogs were alert and energetic, while on a short lead with their handlers. Visitors were encouraged to take an interest in joining emergency services. As the army slogan says 'challenge yourself'.
In joining emergency services, one connects with a dedicated team. For some, it becomes a lifelong commitment. You could just find yourself a whole new 'family', while at the same time enhancing your sense of self-worth and increasing your skill set.
Inside the army chopper a soldier was happy to answer children's questions.
Did you know that the RSPCA receive dogs no longer required by police or military? Some of these are suitable for domestic homes, once they've received new training. The RSPCA stall offered information on things like being a responsible pet owner and who to call if you find an injured animal or bird.
Sample bags provided practical items such as a flexible pocket torch, notepads, biros and natural disaster and emergency action information. Kids were catered to with photo ops and a ride in a baby ambulance. Ice creams and Xpresso Coffee vans were a welcome sight.
Organised by the Toowoomba Regional Council, the Emergency Services Day was presented by friendly emergency services workers. There's always more to learn, so as they say, 'be prepared, stay safe'.
Unexpected natural disasters in Toowoomba in recent years such as a flood in 2011 and an earthquake or two, can be prepared for. Your family can find out more about more common emergencies too, such as bushfires or heatwaves, by contacting emergency services. Keep up with the latest action on Facebook.
State Emergency Services, proud to serve the community in a crisis.