Thurles Garda Station recently held its inaugural Garda Station Open Day & Road Safety Event.
An essential part of the An Garda Síochána Policing Plan is the promotion and education of Road Safety. The Road Safety Authority (RSA) Rollover-Car Simulator and Interactive Shuttle were on site for the day for visitors to get first hand experience of being involved in a traffic collision, and testing their Road Safety knowledge on a walk through of the Interactive Shuttle.
Also in attendance were representatives from the Garda Support Units, including the Regional Support Unit, Drugs Unit, Public Order Unit, Garda Dog Unit, Community Policing, Traffic Corp and CPD. The sirens were blaring throughout the day, the Traffic Corp cars getting fully checked out. An Ambulance, Emergency Paramedic Car, and Fire Brigade with full crew complement, were also present while a Serious Road Collision Simulation event was staged at Kavanagh Place.
The Ambulance and Fire Brigade Units gave a real life insight into what really happens at a Road Traffic Collision. It demonstrated how safety at a collision scene for both those involved and the Emergency Services Personnel is paramount at all times. The Garda Dog Unit put on an excellent display around the collision scene showing how a dog works with his/her handler performing a search for Drugs and how the handler and dog communicate!! Tours of the station were popular, the public office, cells, control room and interview rooms were open for viewing. Students from town of Thurles, including the Colaiste Mhuire Co-Ed, CBS, and Ursuline Secondary schools and Gaelscoil Bhríde, Scoil Ailbhe, Scoil Angela, the Presentation Convent, Holycross, Ballycahill and Moycarkey primary schools attended on the day. An Garda Síochána, Thurles, would like to extend their thanks and appreciation to each unit who attended on the day, the residents of Kavanagh Place, Thurles for their co-operation, the Thurles Fire Brigade, Ambulance Service and Thurles Shopping Centre for facilitating the RSA Car Simulator and Interactive Shuttle, and to the photographers Eamon Brennan and Jim Troy who made sure every moment was captured.