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The expo that could save your life

Want to watch a helicopter water bombing? Or a swift water rescue team race into action? How about marvelling at a painstaking vertical rescue?

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You might also want to see how the police dive squad retrieve evidence, how firefighters respond to an emergency blaze or a crash or hear dramatic tales of ocean ordeals from a Coastguard veteran.

Sunshine Coast Council’s Emergency Expo, which aims to help educate, protect and inspire our community, will return on Sunday, May 21, from 10am to 2pm.

And this year it’s bigger and better than ever with the free Expo to be held at LakeKawana, in front of the Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Along with thrilling demonstrations, there’ll be stalls hosted by the emergency services and Sunshine Coast Council.

There are plenty of things to do for the whole family, which also includes plenty of food and drink options.

Those who visit them all can win some fantastic prizes. All you have to do is collect stamps at each exhibit to go into the draw.

To launch the event, Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson gathered this morning (May 11) with emergency services representatives who have partnered Council to deliver the Expo.

“Our community are all too aware of how a disaster can strike anytime and anywhere across our region,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“The best thing you can do for your family is prepare, so when you’re faced with a disaster or emergency, you know what to do.

‘’This expo is your chance to do that.”

Mayor Jamieson said the Emergency Expo was also a great opportunity to thank emergency services workers for their efforts in keeping our community safe.

“On your worst day – be it during a severe storm, house fire, or road accident – our emergency service personnel are there for you. 

“Come along to the expo and thank them.

“And if you’ve ever thought about a career in emergency services, or volunteering, the Expo is a great chance to gain valuable insights and find the group that’s right for you.”

Along with Sunshine Coast Council, the event is held in partnership with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES), Queensland Police Service (QPS Sunshine Coast), Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS), UnityWater, Energex, State Emergency Service (SES), Surf Life Saving Queensland, Australian Volunteer Coastguard, Marine Safety Queensland, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Red Cross Australia and Volunteering Sunshine Coast.

You’ll find more information about the Emergency Services and Disaster Preparedness Expo Here.