Police and fire services to hold joint open day on September 6
Officials from Northamptonshire Police and the county’s Fire and Rescue Service have revealed plans to hold a joint open day next month.
For a number of years, Northamptonshire Police has held open days at its headquarters at Wootton Hall in Northampton to give the public an insight into the work carried out by the force.
But as the police now work much more closely with the county’s fire service, it has been decided to hold the event together on Saturday, September 6 this year – giving people the chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at the work of both services.
Chief Constable Adrian Lee said: “Both the police and fire services are provided for the benefit of the community. The resources that people will see at the open day are available to those who need them 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“The open day is always a very popular and well-attended event. More than 5,000 people attended the previous event held two years ago.”
Northamptonshire’s Chief Fire Officer, Martyn Emberson, added: “The open day will give us a great opportunity to show members of the public how we work in some very difficult and stressful situations.
“And the fact it is being held with the police will allow us to demonstrate how the two services are working much more closely together.”
The open day is held every other year at Wootton Hall. Historically, attractions have included such things as flights by the police helicopter, firearms displays and police dog displays.
Now the fire service is also taking part, further attractions will include the chance to see a variety of fire and rescue vehicles on display as well as rescue demonstrations by firefighters.
The open day will be managed with help from police Specials and volunteers and people will be able to get information about becoming a Special or volunteer during the day.
The event will be opened by the High Sheriff of Northamptonshire, Anne Burnett, at 11am and run until 4pm. Parking spaces for about 600 cars will be available at Wootton Hall. Entry is free