Emergency services take to land, sea and air for Bribie expo

Rescue boats, a lifesaving helicopter and the latest emergency vehicles will all descend on Bribie Island this Sunday, October 15 for the 2017 Combined Emergency Services Expo.


Queensland’s leading emergency services will converge on the island’s Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) base at Bellara from 10am for the expo, in a push to encourage disaster preparedness ahead of the upcoming bushfire and storm seasons.


VMR Bribie Island Commodore Nathan Gundry said VMR was proud to again host the free event and said attendees would be captivated with a helicopter water rescue by the Westpac Life Saver chopper together with flare demonstrations, QFRS water cannon and road crash simulation.


“The Combined Emergency Services Expo is about getting communities ready and showcasing what frontline staff from all organisations including council, QFES, SES, police, ambulance and marine rescue do during a disaster event,” Mr Gundry said.


“By showing you what can happen in the worst case scenario and demonstrating how you can prepare for a storm or bushfire, we’re hoping that we won’t ever have to deploy technologies like the jaws of life or perform a swift water rescue when a disaster hits.”


Moreton Bay Regional Council Division 1 Councillor Brooke Savige said the Bribie expo was the state’s leading combined emergency services event.


“With demonstrations, stalls and the latest life-saving equipment all on display, the expo is not only a great day out for the whole family, but a fantastic opportunity to be prepared. If we can take away something from the day and prepare, we can accomplish a lot as a community,” Cr Savige said.


“As a parent, I know young ones will learn heaps and have fun watching the rescue helicopter fly high above the passage and seeing the lights and sirens of fire trucks, police cars and marine rescue boats.


“If you’ve ever wondered about what the best action for you and your family is during a bushfire, storm or emergency, the expo is your chance to speak directly with frontline staff who can give helpful advice ahead on the upcoming bushfire and storm seasons.”


The Combined Emergency Services Expo will also include a jumping castle, children’s fire engine, stalls and a sausage sizzle.


The Bribie Island Combined Emergency Services Expo will be held on Sunday, October 15 from 10am to 2pm at the VMR Bribie Island base, Marine Parade, Bellara.


For more information like ‘Marine Rescue Bribie Island 445’ on Facebook or phone VMR Bribie Island on 3408 7596.

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