Northamptonshire police and fire services merge for open day

Riot and fire training
Riot and fire training

Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service will be holding their first joing open day next month, officials have revealed.

It is being held in a bit to give people the chance to get a behind-the-scenes insight into the work of both services as they begin to work more closely together.

The open day will take place on Saturday, September 6, at the police headquarters at Wootton Hall, in Mere Way in Northampton, from 11am-4pm.

It will be free of charge to all visitors and will be officially opened by the High Sheriff of Northamptonshire, Anne Burnett.

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 police open day has been traditionally held every year at Wootton Hall with attractions such as flights by the police helicopter, firearms displays and police dog displays. This year, the fire service will be bringing their range of attractions, including a display of fire and rescue vehicles and rescue demonstrations by firefighters.

During the day, there will also be the opportunity for people to get information about becoming a police special or volunteer.

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.

There will be parking spaces avilable for about 600 cars onsite at Wootton Hall.