AN 'EMERGENCY Services Day' is being held in the centre of Salisbury this week.

Paramedics and ambulance crews from South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) will be in the Guildhall Square on Saturday, October 13, bringing together partners from Wiltshire Police and Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.

They are hoping to encourage members of the public from the Wiltshire area to come down on market day and chat to crews about their high pressured emergency jobs and how they go about treating patients in the community.

Since the Salisbury and Amesbury nerve agent incidents, the city has had a spotlight over it with an ongoing investigation.

Now SWASFT paramedic teams are giving people the chance to come and ask the questions and get advice on all subjects including mental health, CPR skills sessions, health check-ups and general first aid.

Lead Paramedic Ian Parsons, said: “This should be a fantastic family orientated time with plenty of hands-on opportunities for those that want to see our emergency vehicles and equipment we use, all guided by our frontline ambulance staff.”

Vehicles on display will include frontline ambulances, rapid-response vehicles, the motorcycle response unit and Hazardous Area Response Team.

Some of the volunteer community first responders will also be on-hand to talk about their role within SWASFT.