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600 emergency services workers to parade through the streets of Dublin

If you’re looking for a bit of family fun next weekend your little ones will have the chance to sit in a fire truck or squad car.

Source: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ie

ON THE MORNING of Saturday 5 September Dublin city will be overrun with emergency service workers – and not because they’re expecting some massive disaster.

It will be a day for celebrating the work each of the services do every day and giving the public a chance to interact with them and have a bit of fun.

The Frontline Emergency and Security Services Eire Forum (FESSEF) is running the parade with the support of Dublin City Council and work gear company Helly Hansen. From 10.30am hundreds of firefighters, gardaí prison officers, paramedics, coastguard workers and others will march from O’Connell Street to Trinity College.

Here there will be historical displays and lectures but most importantly – especially for the little ones – there will be fire trucks, garda cars and bikes and other vehicles for them to clamber all over and have their photos taken with. Some of the workers might even let them try their gear on.

Organisers say it will offer a good opportunity for people working in the emergency services to have some positive interaction with the public and it will be a great day of family fun.

For any adults interested in the workings of theses various agencies, lecture will be given by members of the coast guard, the fire service and St John’s Ambulance. There will also be a lecture on Law & Order in 1916 which may appeal to the history buffs among you.

After the parade from O’Connell Street at 10.30, the displays will be open to the public in the main square in Trinity College until 3.30pm.

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