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Free emergency services event at Riverside Museum


On 25th and 26th July representatives from all Scotland’s Emergency Services will come together at Glasgow’s Riverside Museum to be part of the Blue Light event, the biggest display of its kind in Scotland.

Visitors to this free family event can discover more about front-line services and see a range of vehicles, appliances and equipment from the many agencies who work closely together to make Scotland a safer place. There will also be the opportunity meet some of the highly trained staff that deal with a wide range of emergencies.

The popularity of previous year’s ‘Blue Light’ event prompted organisers to increase the size of this year’s event and invite more of the emergency services to take part.

Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life, said; “I’m delighted to see the Blue Light event return to Riverside, on an even bigger scale.  Our emergency services do an incredible job every day and it’s wonderful to bring them altogether and learn more about the important work they do.  

“The museum has been incredibly busy over the summer holidays.  This free family fun day is sure to prove popular with those keen to get some hands on experience of vehicles in service, while being able to explore an impressive selection of vintage vehicles from the city’s collection.”

A highlight of the event, especially for younger visitors, will be the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. Visitors to the event can get a close-up view a fire engine, which as part of a fleet of fire vehicles spread across the length and breadth of Scotland, attend more than 90,000 incidents each year.

This year’s Blue Light event will bring together Scottish Ambulance Service, Police Scotland, Water Rescue, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Heritage Trust, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Vintage Albion Black Maria, International Fire and Rescue, NHS Motorcycle Response Team, ScotsERVS Transport Team, Police Scotland Riverside Cycle Team and Mountain Rescue. 

Also on show will be an impressive selection of vintage vehicles from the Museum’s own collection. The fire engine collection at Glasgow Museums is the second largest in Scotland and includes a 1928 Albion-Merryweather Pump Ladder, whose chasis was built in Albion Motors, Glasgow, a 1940 Dennis-Merryweather Turntable Ladder that was stationed at Govan fire station during WW2 and a Leyland Firemaster Pump Escape which was previously stationed a stone’s throw from Riverside Museum in Partick Fire Station. 

Organisers hope that Blue Light will become an annual event.

This is a free family event starting from 10am Saturday 25th July and from 11am Sunday 26th July 2015.

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