Get up close and personal with all the hardware of our rescue heroes — fire engines, the rescue helicopter, police cars and more

Rescue heroes in action

by Andy Bryenton

When danger threatens, they are our first line of defence — across all terrains, from mountains to oceans, forests to city streets. Kiwi emergency services are out there every day saving lives, and now they’re set to put their skills on display in a thrilling day of action in Yaldhurst.

It’s going to be a big one — comprising teams from Fire and emergency NZ, the Police force, St John Ambulance, the NZ Flying Doctor Service, the Alpine Cliff Rescue Team, the Red Cross and the Sumner Lifeboat crew, all together at the new GCH Aviation Emergency Air Centre. This rescue hub is home base for a day of demonstrations on Sunday, October 28, as the people and machines which make up our local rescue force show how they swing into action.

Check out the rescue helicopter, working fire engines, special police tactics to catch the bad guys, how mountaineers can be saved from accidents in rough terrain, and a whole lot more. There’s even the opportunity to take a scenic flight alongside our emergency service heroes, seeing the world from their view. With a gold coin donation helping fund all their good work, it’s a great way to have some fun with the family and show your support. Activities and displays start at 10am, with free parking, so come and visit some real heroes in your community and watch how they get the toughest jobs done!