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Everyday Heroes hold an open day

SIMON SMITH
Last updated 05:00 20/02/2013
Everyday Heroes
Simon Smith

BE THERE: This emergency services open day will be one to remember. From left: Celebrities Suzi Cato and Senior Constable Bryan Ward with Bobby, together with the three leaders of Counties Manukau’s emergency services, district commander Superintendent John Tims, St John Ambulance’s district operations manager Steve Walker and area commander chief fire officer Larry Cocker

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This Saturday's free Everyday Heroes event is not to be missed.

The people who keep us safe day to day will come together in Sir Barry Curtis Park, Flat Bush, to show the public what they do.

There will be fire engines and ambulances, as well as the armed offenders squad, and it may even be possible to sit in the cockpit of the police Eagle helicopter.

Detectives will work a mock crime scene and police dogs will take part in an armed offender scenario.

There will also be a taser demonstration.

Celebrity and Senior Constable Bryan Ward says the day will be "one of the biggest and best community events you have ever seen".

He will be there with sidekick Bobby the police dog along with other celebrity hosts who will be available to meet children and adults and be photographed with them.

Counties Manukau police district commander Superintendent John Tims says police want to do something that is fun and engaging for the community.

"People are always intrigued about what work we do and how we do it and this day aims to show all the exciting things police do behind the scenes.

"We have invited our community partners and are thrilled they are joining in the fun on the day too."

Mr Tims says there is also a serious message to the day.

"Every year emergency services are called to thousands of incidents involving our community.

"Our goal is to keep everyone safe and for them to feel safe by showing the community what we do and what they can do to stay safe is key to achieving that goal."

Services present will include customs, surf lifesavers and coastguard.

The Everyday Heroes event will kick off at 10am and run until 2pm.

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