Santa joins the 999 team – as York emergency crews host community day

Santa and all his new helpers, including an elf, paramedics and firefighters. Photographs: Richard McDougall
12 Dec 2019 @ 10.19 am
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Santa has a new set of helpers – police officers, paramedics, firefighters and street rangers!

Father Christmas is joining forces with the emergency services for a special community day this Saturday (14 December).


On what is set to be a busy day in the pre-Christmas rush, North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Yorkshire Ambulance Services are hosting the event between 11am and 4pm, along with partners from the City of York Council, York Street Rangers, Street Angels, York BID (Business Improvement District) and Make it York.

And Santa and his elf will be taking time out from York’s Chocolate Story to take part, spreading festive goodwill.

See the vehicles

Santa ready to put out any blazes (particularly chimney fires)
You’ll be able to look inside the emergency service vehicles and chat to the 999 teams, ask their advice, or find out more about what they do.

They will be backed up by York Street Rangers and Street Angels who will be on hand to assist members of the public throughout the city.

Officers will also be present at the railway station to support colleagues from British Transport Police and a dispersal order has been put in place for the city centre to deal with any antisocial behaviour.

You will find…

  • the police on Spurriergate
  • firefighters in Duncombe Place
  • and the ambulance service at City Screen off Coney Street.

‘Enjoy York’

Avengers assemble…
Inspector Andy Godfrey of York Neighbourhood Policing Team, said there was “a fun, family focus to the event”:

  • We encourage everyone to enjoy all that York has to offer and to engage with all the agencies who can provide crime prevention and safety advice to help keep them safe this Christmas.

    You’ll also have the opportunity to have a look around our vehicles and find out more about what we do.

    Our volunteers and special constabulary will also be on hand to help us keep York as safe as possible.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services’ Station Manager, Bob Hoskins said:

  • We’d love for people to come and say hello if they see us on the 14 December when we’ll be in the city centre, along with partner agencies, providing safety advice.

And York Clinical Supervisor Chris Bell from Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, added:

  • This is a very busy time of year for the ambulance service and the York Community Day provides us with a good opportunity to remind the public about appropriate use of our services and the importance of looking after themselves, their friends and neighbours.