Emergency day fun for families

16:00, Feb 26 2013
Emergency Day 1
CELEBRITY CRASH: Firemen and a St John medic extract children’s television star Suzi Cato from a mock car accident.
Emergency Day 1
GEARED UP: A member of the armed offenders squad mingles with the crowd.
Emergency Day 1
LAB EQUIPMENT: Constables David Wright, left, and Joseph Wernham instruct the public about the types of items used in the creation of methamphetamine.
Emergency Day 1
TAKE AIM: Ten-year-old Caleb Adams of Flat Bush holds a Bushmaster M4 practice rifle under the watch of arms officer Gerry Booth.
Emergency Day 1
GOOD BOY: Members of the Auckland dog squad celebrate after their German shepherd stops an intruder in a training scenario.

Thousands of people took the opportunity on Saturday to see what the emergency services do day in day out.

Constable and media celebrity Bryan Ward says the free Everyday Heroes event "met our expectations and then some".

"I haven't heard a bad word from anybody.

"The police dogs obviously were the big hit favourite for the day, followed very carefully by the helicopter and the simulated car crash was quite popular as well."

Mr Ward says the event at Sir Barry Curtis Park helped the public to have confidence in approaching those who keep them safe.

"It was great to see kids interacting with police dog handlers and helicopter pilots, and then talking with people from healthcare clinics," he says.

"I walked past and I heard a seven-year-old talking about arthritis to one of the guys from the Arthritis Foundation - that's what it's all about."


Eastern Courier