The Roscommon Emergency Services Open Day will take place this Saturday (May 4th) from 11 am to 3 pm at Roscommon Fire Station on the Circular Road in Roscommon.
All branches of the local emergency services will be in attendance on the day including An Garda Síochána, Roscommon Fire Service, Roscommon Ambulance Service, Roscommon Civil Defence, Roscommon Sub Aqua Unit and Lough Ree Sub Aqua Unit.
Local Gardaí will be joined by the Armed Response Unit, Roads Policing Unit, Mounted Unit, Air Support Unit and the Underwater Unit. The national units’ attendance is however, dependent on operational demands.
Roscommon Fire Service will carry out a demonstration of how they deal with a serious Road Traffic Collision and they will show the dangers of domestic fires on the day.
The Road Safety Interactive Unit (or ‘Shuttle’) will also be present and its main aim is to provide the general public with the chance to interact with various road safety campaigns and to spread the message about the importance of road safety.
Visitors to Saturday’s open day will be able to: practice driving and hazard perception skills on car, motorbike and bicycle simulators; experience an interactive road safety educational experience and simulated virtual situations in virtual reality pods such as the first-hand the dangers of driving and texting and driver fatigue; practice safe cycling skills on a state-of-the-art bicycle simulator; discover how driving environments and speed affect braking distances; practice the driver theory; test your fancy footwork by dancing to the Safe Cross Code in the activity zone; take a road safety quiz; learn about tyre safety.
Accompanying the Interactive Unit we have our roll over simulator. This simulator continues to be highly effective in encouraging people to use safety belts. The simulator is a car body fitted to a rotating hydraulic platform. Participants sit into the simulator and experience a half or a full rotation. The ‘simulation’ demonstrates how it would feel if you were in a car which turned over in a collision, and the lifesaving benefits of wearing a seatbelt should this occur.
So come along and meet your local Emergency Services personnel for what promises to be a very informative open day this Saturday. There will be face-painting for the children and plenty of photo opportunities!