Loch Lomond emergency services open day

On Saturday, July 6, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park will host an open day at Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway in Balloch.

The partnership event between the National Park, the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, Scottish Ambulance Service, Police Scotland and Loch Lomond Rescue Boat aims to promote safety and well being in the community.

Attendees will have access to a wealth of information including responsible use of water craft, the dangers of water and respecting the countryside A Fire Appliance from Dumbarton Community Fire Station will be in attendance throughout the day.

Derek Shanks, Watch Commander for the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service said: “We are very much looking forward to meeting the public to show people our appliance and the large variety of equipment we have at our disposal to deal with the large number of different incidents we can be called out to.

“We are also looking to reinforce our community safety message by carrying out ‘live fire chip pan demonstrations’ throughout the day.

“Hopefully the weather will shine on us and along with our partner agency personnel in the Ambulance, Police, Rescue Boat and the National Park we can make it a fun day out for everyone, whilst also imparting important safety information. ”

The day will also provide an opportunity for much needed fundraising for Loch Lomond Rescue Boat, which relies solely on donations to function.

The event will run from 10am to 4pm and you can find out more information by calling the Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway on 01389 722030.