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Geoffrey the Giraffe rescued by firefighters
MORE than 3,000 people from Hampshire learned about the vital work of the emergency services at a community event.
Thousands attended the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service event to watch demonstrations and interactive displays.
Among the highlights of the day was a dramatic rescue of Toys R Us mascot Geoffrey the Giraffe from a tower by firefighters using an aerial ladder platform.
Crowds were also wowed by the skills of Hampshire’s award-winning extrication team, and the service’s search dogs won hordes of admirers.
Steve Foye, the service’s head of community safety, said: “It was fantastic to see so many people enjoying the day and learning about our work and that of the other emergency services.
“We hope that, as well as enjoying the displays, the community also took home some important messages about how to keep themselves safe at home and when they are out and about.”
Other services on display at the event in Eastleigh were Hampshire Constabulary, South Central Ambulance Service and the Electrical Safety Council.
It was a record-breaking day for the NHS’s Blood Services team, who were delighted after they signed up more donors in one day than at any previous event.
Donations of more than £3,200 were also collected for the Firefighters Charity and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance during the day.
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