Margate RNLI and other Thanet emergency services will be holding an Emergency Services Day with advice on seaside safety.
The day will be aimed at families and provide am opportunity to see and meet the emergency services both voluntary and full-time who may otherwise be hidden away behind closed doors. Members of those service will also pass on useful tips about making a trip to the seaside a safe one for locals and visitors alike.
Representatives present will include: Margate RNLI’s all-weather and inshore lifeboats and Thanet RNLI lifeguards; HM Coastguard; Kent Fire and Rescue Service; South East Coast Ambulance Service; Kent Marine Police Unit and Thanet RNLI Community Safety Team.
Practical advice including basic first aid, and line-throwing techniques will also be available with the Thanet RNLI Community Safety Team on hand to provide vital information on all aspects of coastal safety.
Other services may be on hand on the day but that will be dependent on operational availability.
The event will be held at the RNLI lifeboat station, The Rendezvous, Margate, (behind Turner Contemporary) between 11am and 3.30pm on Sunday 12 August, admission is free.
There are no parking facilities at the location but pay and display parking is available on the stone pier or at public car parks.
Guy Addington, RNLI Community Safety Partner, said: “The public usually only get to see the emergency services when things go wrong so this is the opportunity to get to know them and get an insight into the equipment and men and women behind the uniforms.
“Last year was particularly popular with children but for us it is a special opportunity to provide safety messages for all so that hopefully people will not get to see them in a professional capacity!”
The safety message for families is particularly important with Thanet’s strong currents and the sad loss of life of a six-year-old girl in the water at Margate last weekend.