The trustees of the Emergency Services Show have announced that there will be no event in 2019.
In a statement, they said: “Unfortunately, we have been unable to secure a suitable and affordable site for the Show this year, with our previous location ruled out due to a range of issues, including traffic management and a proposed significant increase in costs. As a registered charity, we have to balance land size, logistics and safety alongside affordability, whilst seeking to keep the Show within Wiltshire. Despite our best efforts, time has beaten us for 2019 but we are still actively seeking a new home for 2020.”
If anyone who can offer a potential site, with land large enough to accommodate the Show and good road access, the trustees can be contacted viawww.emergencyservicesshow.com– a grass-only site can be considered, but would mean the loss of the emergency vehicle rides.
Since it was first held in 2005, the Emergency Services Show (ESS) has grown significantly in size, with the event now considered the largest of its kind in the south of the country, and this would not have been achieved without the assistance of all the ‘blue light’ services and partner agencies, but more importantly the visitors and supporters who attend on the day.
The ESS is a registered charity and the committee comprises individuals who work for the emergency services or partner agencies and give freely of their time outside the day job. There is also a core group of volunteers, some of whom have been involved since the start and, without them, the committee would struggle to set-up, build and dismantle the Show.
The ethos of the Show is to raise awareness of safety at home; in the workplace; or while out and about; and get advice, meet your emergency services in a non-emergency situation, improve community relations, and to learn and be prepared should you ever need emergency assistance.
While the initial intention was never to make a financial gain, the Show has grown into a significant charity event, with over £150,000 being donated to over 40 different beneficiaries since 2005. Donations are made to organisations which work with or alongside the emergency services, and amongst those to receive funds in the past have been air ambulances, search & rescue teams, blood bike groups and welfare providers.
The trustees’ statement adds: “Despite there being no Show in 2019, we will be holding a beneficiaries’ evening during the summer, when a further £50,000 will be shared with good causes – proceeds from the 2017 and 2018 events. We would like to wholeheartedly thank all the emergency services, partner agencies and respective staff for making the Show what it is and, most of all, to all our visitors, exhibitors, traders, and charities. THANK YOU for your support.”
Further updates about the Show will be posted atwww.emergencyservicesshow.comor via social media.