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Burntwood boy gets a closer look at the Staffordshire Police helicopter

A boy from Burntwood has been treated to a behind the scenes look at Staffordshire’s emergency services after winning a competition.

Seven-year-old Rhys Phillips entered the draw at the County Show and won the chance to tour the Staffordshire Police helicopter at its ground base in Wombourne, have lunch in the control tower café and tour a local fire station.were then taken to fire stations in their local areas where they were introduced to the fire crews, received a tour of the fire engine and station, and got to try on some of the specialist equipment.

The show saw crime scene reconstructions, forensic demonstrations, emergency and armed response vehicles and police drugs dogs demonstrations, while Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service operated their interactive smoke room and gave advice on protecting homes and property from fire risk.

Chief Inspector Vera Bloor of Staffordshire Police said:

“Our presence at the show gave people an opportunity to see a face of the police and fire services that they don’t normally see, and a chance to chat to officers and staff. It was important for us to gain feedback on what visitors saw at the show, and to gain insight into their understanding of the force generally, and the double-sided feedback and competition entry forms helped us to achieve that.

“The show provided us with a wonderful opportunity to discuss issues that can be difficult to broach through other channels, including counter terrorism and extremism, our work protecting vulnerable people, and informing people about the proceeds of crime act, and how money reclaimed by the force is pushed back into local communities.”

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