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Thursday 24 April 2014

Thousands enjoy awareness events

BALBRIGGAN Community Safety Week proved to be an enormous success with thousands of people enjoying the myriad of different events the five-day event had to offer.

The aim of the Balbriggan Community Safety Week, run in conjunction with the National Garda Safety Week, was to involve, inform and promote the awareness of services in Balbriggan which assist in making communities safer. Last week we told you about some of the earlier events in the week but in the last days of the event the people of Balbriggan were treated to a fascinating look behind the scenes of their local policing and emergency services. The Irish Coast Guard Skerries Division set up on Balbriggan beach with pens and pencils and Coast Guard children's colouring books. It was a glorious sunny morning and they let off flares followed by an absolutely brilliant display of how a helicopter can be handled. During the display, a winch man came out from the helicopter and performed an incredibly impressive demonstration for the crowds below. After the Coast Guard display was over the crowd made their way up to the Quay St Car Park to see the Balbriggan Fire Brigade carry out a re-enactment of a car crash rescue.

The Balbriggan Garda Station Family Open Day was a huge success with long queues forming even before the event got underway. People were delighted to see the beautiful horses from the Garda Mounted Unit, together with dogs from the Dog Unit who aid in search and rescue missions as well as many other units of the local police force. Inside in the station there was more excitement as children queued with their parents to get their 'mug shots and their fingerprints taken.

They were able to collect these on their way home free of charge and keep them as a memory of a great day out in the Garda Station. Balbriggan Gardai laid on tea and sandwiches for all to enjoy and the youngsters of the youth club hand painted a full size Garda where you could pop your head on and get your photo taken with a Garda hat. Well done to Balbriggan Gardai on a great day out that the children of Balbriggan and all the surrounding areas will be talking about for a long time to come.

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