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Emergency services across Sussex are coming together for Eastbourne 999 this weekend (July 8-9).

The event allows people to meet members of our emergency services and get up close to some of their life-saving vehicles.

There will also be demonstrations on how they tackle various incidents such as road traffic collisions and kitchen fires.

Police dogs will also be put through their paces in a public display.

This year marks the 30th year of the annual event.

It takes place on the Western Lawns from 11am until 5pm on both days.

Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) are all taking part.

Crews from British Transport Police, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the RNLI will also be in attendance.

Mark Webb, station manager for Eastbourne Fire Station, said the service enjoyed the chance to talk about their work.

He added:

“We will also be trying to get people to think more about how to avoid fires, particularly cooking fires.

“We are often called out to these and they can cause serious damage to your home.

“Our cooking fire demonstration shows this in a very dramatic fashion and hopefully will help people do the right thing when they’re next in the kitchen.”

Nat Cole, a paramedic with SECAmb, said:

“SECAmb will be involved in CPR demonstrations where people can learn potentially life-saving skills as well as a simulated road traffic collision.

“It’s a fun day out with games and dressing up for children too.”