Wollondilly Emergency Services Expo a chance to see first responders in action

Services unite: First responders Chris Taylor, Rachel Wyper, Mark Scambary, Melanie Sumerta, Mark Davis and Andy Hain hope people come to the first Wollondilly Emergency Services Expo. Picture: Chris Lane
Services unite: First responders Chris Taylor, Rachel Wyper, Mark Scambary, Melanie Sumerta, Mark Davis and Andy Hain hope people come to the first Wollondilly Emergency Services Expo. Picture: Chris Lane

If your child has ever dreamed of becoming a firefighter, police officer or even a pilot, the Wollondilly Emergency Services Expo is the event for you.

The free inaugural event will bring the regions emergency services to the one location at Picton Sportsground from 11am on Saturday, September 21.

Organiser and Picton Rural Fire Service volunteer Andrew Hain said the event was the brainchild of local first responders.

"There are a lot of messages out there as we come into fire and storm season," he said.

"This is a way for us to communicate these messages all in the one place.

"The SES can talk to people about preparing for their homes for storm events, the RFS can help people learn more about bushfire plans - it's a great way for the emergency services to raise awareness."

Visitors will see members of the police force, rural fire service, Fire and Rescue NSW, Careflight, St Johns Ambulance and the state emergency service at the event.

There will also be plenty of vehicles for children to explore from fire trucks to police cars.

Kids will have the chance to climb through or sit in some of vehicles and play with some of the equipment.

Andrew Hain, organiser

Mr Hain said it would be a great say for people of all ages.

"There will be all sorts of things for people to do and see," he said. "I don't know what it is about fire trucks and police cars and those kinds of things but even my kids are obsessed with them.

"Kids will have the chance to climb through or sit in some of vehicles and play with some of the equipment.

"There will be live fire fighting, a road crash rescue demonstration, chainsaw demonstrations, a CPR challenge and much more."

Mr Hain said the event would also give locals a chance to meet some of the people protecting their community first hand.

"This is all run by Wollondilly locals," he said.

"You can come down and meet the people already working in these organisations and even learn about volunteering or joining one of these services yourself."

Mr Hain said everyone was welcome to attend the event.

"It's free and it's going to be great fun for the kids," he said.