Blue light event at Barmouth RNLI
Rain showers did not deter the public coming to visit local emergency services who had gathered at Barmouth RNLI for Blue Light Day on Sunday (6 August).
Organised by PCSO David Hughes, the event saw the RNLI join up with South Snowdonia Search And Rescue Team, North Wales Police, Barmouth Fire Station, Barmouth Coastguard Rescue Team, Wales Air Ambulance, the Royal Lifesaving Society, the RSPB, Welsh Hearts, and Blood Bikes Wales.
The day gave the public the chance to meet personnel from each organisation and see the equipment each uses within their role. Highlights included the chance to sit on a motorcycle used by Blood Bikes Wales, in a fire engine and in a police car. Visitors also got the chance to find out about North Wales Police's summer child safety project to assist when children get separated from their parents on the beach.
Many visitors found the RNLI Flood Rescue stand of interest, commenting that they did not realise that the RNLI fulfils this role nationwide. Visitors got to view the equipment used by the Flood Rescue Team and also find out how the team is made up of 250 volunteers from across the RNLI, including lifeboat crew and operational staff, all specially trained in swift water rescue.
All representatives of the emergency services commented on how it had been a successful day and it was good to see that the weather did not deter visitors from coming along.Notes to editors:
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.