Emergency Services Expo

Watch Wellington’s emergency services in action. See fire demonstrations, tugboat water cannon displays, harbour rescue drills, and get up close to their vehicles and equipment.

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  • When Sat 30 Sep 2017, 11:00am–2:00pm
  • Where
    Te Papa forecourt and Amphitheatre, and Wellington waterfront
  • Cost Free event

The Emergency Services Expo is back by popular demand!

Come to a family-friendly day of emergency services demonstrations and displays on the waterfront. The emergency services are bringing out their biggest boats and loudest sirens to entertain the school holiday crowds.

Climb aboard a fire truck, watch a car crash rescue demonstration, see the life flight rescue helicopter in action, and talk to the Police dog section about their work.

Watch from the Wellington waterfront as the Police Maritime unit, Surf Life Savers New Zealand and the Wellington coastguard demonstrate water rescues, and Tiaki tugboat puts on a spectacular water cannon display!

The whole family will enjoy this exhilarating display of public safety.

Firemen with a car


Car extraction demonstration, 2016. Photograph by Mark Tantrum. Courtesy of Fire and Emergency NZ


11am–12noon, Te Papa Forecourt

  • Fire engine aerial rescue unit demonstration
  • Fire and Emergency New Zealand and Wellington Free Ambulance demonstrate a car crash extraction
  • Police Armed Offenders Squad and Police Dog Section talk

12 noon–1.20pm, Wellington waterfront

  • Wellington Coastguard demonstrate a water rescue
  • Surf Live Savers New Zealand demonstrate their rescue efforts in IRBs (inflatable rubber boats)
  • Tiaki tugboat water cannon display
  • Police marine unit demonstration
  • Life Flight-Westpac Rescue Helicopter heli-winching demonstration

1.20pm–2pm, Te Papa Amphitheatre

  • Fire and Emergency New Zealand will scale the Te Papa building and perform a high-angle rope rescue
  • LandSAR 4 wheel drive vehicle display
  • Fire and Emergency New Zealand demonstrate how ‘not to’ put out a real fire
  • Inflatable fire-house for kids

All day, Level 2, Te Papa

  • St John information display
  • Fire and Emergency New Zealand virtual reality installation
  • Fire awareness intervention programme information stand

Please note: Programme is subject to change if any services are needed for an emergency.



Life Flight’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter, 2017. Photograph by Lindsay Keats. Courtesy of The Life Flight Trust

Supervision and photographs

Kids must be accompanied by an adult for all activities.

Filming and photography by Te Papa may take place at this event. The material might be shared online or through social media.

Please let the event manager or a Te Papa host know if you or a child you are responsible for does not wish to be photographed or filmed.