The Tipperary Town multi-cultural open gardai day took place on Saturday with many families exploring the inside of the garda station and enjoying demonstrations available to show the different aspects of being a garda and to see the different divisions.
A large crowd watched the Tipperary Fire Brigade take the doors and roof off a car in a simulated road traffic accident between two vehicles and learnt how the emergency services all work together.
“This is our second garda open day in Tipperary Town and with the huge public attendance, this is one of the biggest garda open days in the country so far this year,” said Sergeant Paul Dennehy. “People are enjoying themselves and the extrication and demonstration of how the emergency response units respond to a car accident has shown people the high standards the ambulance and fire brigade units adhere to.”
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) had a simulator truck with many different interactive aspects for both adults and children. Anastasia Murphy from the Traffic Corp in Thurles was at the open day to promote road safety. “It’s great to see the kids wearing the high visible jackets and making sure their parents try them on too. John Hodnett from the Garda Dog Unit in Cork explained to a group of children the different jobs that the dogs are involved in. “We have dogs to track explosives and drugs and German Sheppard dogs for general purpose work such searching for missing persons, property and tracking suspects,” explained John.The RSA simulator attracted great interest and was surprisingly scary and educational for those who dared to try it.
“Basically you sit in the car, with your seatbelt securely fastened and the car rotates 360 degrees so you get to feel what it’s like upside down in a car,” said Paul Duffy who tried it with his brother Michael. “It was mental… the pressure on your eyes and face is amazing.”
The simulator gave people the experience of being upside down in the car. “Most people panic and with both hands free, they open the seatbelt and fall on their head possibly breaking your neck. It’s difficult in such circumstances not to panic but put your feet on the dashboard and press one of your hands above your head against the ceiling to ensure a safer exit.”
Mum Geraldine Ryan from Kilcommon came with her family Ciara, Amy and Sean. “We did everything and really enjoyed the day. Sean really liked the motorbike simulators and Amy liked the Garda dogs although the kids didn’t’ like seeing the inside of the cells very much,” joked Geraldine.OrganiserSergeant Padraic Powell “It’s a great event that brings the communit y and Gardai closer together.