CROWDS were given an insight into the life-saving work of the county’s emergency services.

Organised by Cumbria Police, the family fun day at Whitehaven Marina provided the opportunity for members of the public to witness some of the crucial work that takes place to tackle crime and keep people safe.

Among the attractions were the work of search dogs and water rescuers at the public demonstration on Saturday.

Inspector Richard Smillie, who is in charge of the Copeland Local Focus team, was among those who oversaw the day.

He said: “The showcase event was a fantastic afternoon out.

“It was a great chance for us and the other agencies to meet the public and show them the work we do – and how these roles can also make great careers or volunteer positions.

“People seemed genuinely interested as they chatted about our work, and the harbourside was a spectacular setting for such an event.”

Among the other demonstrations was a life support and defibrillator showcase, involving a community first responder and the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS).

There was also a road collision rescue demonstration, involving both Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and the ambulance service again.

A range of other emergency services teams were also on hand during the event.

These included various representatives from Cumbria Constabulary, including the Sellafield team, a dog handler, neighbourhood officers, as well as cadets and special constables.

A number of other emergency services were represented on the day.

They included the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, North West Ambulance Service, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, the Coastguard, the RNLI, Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team, Blood Bikes and the Blood Donation Service.

It comes less than a fortnight after a similar event in Carlisle.