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Countdown to Eastbourne 999 – don’t miss out

Date : 01 July 2019

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The event takes place on 6 - 7 July 2019, between 11am - 5pm each day on the Western Lawns at King Edward’s Parade.

Visitors will be able to see a number of demonstrations including CPR, kitchen fires, water safety and road safety.

Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, South East Coast Ambulance Service, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, British Transport Police and the RNLI are all taking part in the event which is supported by Eastbourne Borough Council.

Simon Neill, Station Manager for Eastbourne Community Fire Station said: 

“Eastbourne 999 gives us the chance to show the public the close relationship we have with the other emergency services. We work together at wonderful events just like this one - not just when we respond to emergencies. This event is allows us to give people an insight to what we do and how we do it through live demonstrations. You’ll be able to sit inside a fire engine and see how quickly a kitchen fire can develop and spread whilst also explaining what you can do to keep safe from fire in the home.”

South East Coast Ambulance Service Paramedic and Operational Team Leader Malcolm Bettles said: 

“We very much looking forward to attending this great event and giving people the opportunity to find out more about the ambulance service. We’ll have staff available to show those attending round our vehicles and our local volunteer community first responder team will be doing CPR demonstrations and teaching life-saving skills to as many people as possible. We’ll also be joining our emergency service colleagues in a road traffic collision demonstration and we’re pleased that our retirement association is attending alongside us to showcase vehicles and memorabilia from over the years.”

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “Now in its 32nd year, the 999 Display Weekend is a firm favourite in the town’s event calendar.  It is a great opportunity for the public to meet members of our emergency services and to see some fantastic live displays of their work on both the land and on the water.  With so much to see and do across the weekend, it’s a fun day out for all the family.”

Matt Pavitt, area commander with HM Coastguard, the search and rescue arm of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency said: ‘This is a really important part of our community involvement. It gives people an opportunity not just to see what HM Coastguard does to keep them safe at the coast but also the role of all the emergency services. We will be there to talk about not just what we do but also what people can do themselves to make sure their day out at the coast is an enjoyable one.’

Timetable of events


1030 Cavalcade from Fishermen’s Green to Western Lawns

1100 ‘Opening Ceremony’

1130 ESFRS ‘Road Traffic Collision’

1200 Network Rail and British Transport Police

1245 Hot oil/chip pan demonstration 


1400 RNLI

1445 Road Traffic Collision 

1530 Hot oil/chip pan demonstration

1615 Emergency riders


1130 Road Traffic Collision

1215 Network Rail and British Transport Police

1300 Hot oil/chip pan demonstration


1430 RNLI

1515 Cliff line rescue

1600 Hot oil/chip pan demonstration

1630 Emergency riders

Please note we may need to change demonstrations at short notice due to operational requirements.


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