Hands-on action at Staying Alive family day

Last updated 05:00 23/11/2012
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ON GUARD: There will be a police dog demonstration.

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Learn how to stay alive during emergencies at the Staying Alive, Emergency Services and Volunteer Open Day at Albany Lakes Civic Park on December 1 from 10am.

The outdoor action event showcases work the New Zealand Fire Service, New Zealand Police, St John ambulance, Civil Defence and emergency service rescue teams do on a daily basis.

Join in for a day of displays including road crash rescue re-enactments where event-goers will see how the "jaws of life" cutters rescue trapped victims in a car crash, rural firefighting displays, Air Force Striker demonstrations and police dogs showing off their training skills.

Younger visitors will also get to take part in a combat challenge which includes experiencing the power of a fire hose and scaling scaffolding.

"Our unforgettable shows and displays will allow both kids and adults to learn more about the work of New Zealand emergency services while having fun at the same time," New Zealand Fire Service planning and intelligence officer Terry Hewitt says.

"If you've got little ones who get excited by sirens, want to be firefighters or paramedics, or want to get close to a police dog, then this is the day for them."

Gold coin donations collected on the day will go to the Burns Support Group Charitable Trust to help provide care and assistance for burns victims and their families.

"There's a serious message serious message behind this action-packed day," Mr Hewitt says. "Every year emergency services are called to thousands of incidents involving children. Our goal is to keep everyone safe this summer and education is key to achieving that goal."

Santa arrives at 1pm, before taking up residence at Westfield Albany until Christmas Eve.

A performance by Kiwi boy band Titanium follows the Staying Alive event which finishes at 4pm.

New Zealand hip-hop singer J Williams and singer-songwriter Brooke Duff will perform.

Hang around until 9pm for the lighting of the Westfield Albany outdoor Christmas tree, with a fireworks display capping off the event.

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- © Fairfax NZ News

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