See the latest firefighting technology and hear examples of successful multi-agency working from the UK’s most forward-thinking fire and rescue services by visiting The Emergency Services Show this year. Taking place at the NEC in Birmingham, UK on 23rd and 24th September, this free event is open to all ranks throughout the fire and rescue service and industrial brigades, including overseas visitors.
Source New and Innovative Equipment
Featuring over 400 companies and organisations, the impressive indoor and outdoor exhibition is a one-stop shop for sourcing all the latest services and equipment required for fighting fires and keep the public safe from threats such as floods, road traffic accidents and terrorist attacks. Exhibiting companies include leading names in firefighting equipment, search and rescue, extrication, communications, IT, protective clothing and uniforms, outsourcing, training, community safety, station facilities, and water rescue.
Visitors with an interest in vehicles will find leading names such as Rosenbauer and Volvo Trucks, as well as Incident Command Units and welfare units, all types of in and on-vehicle ancillary equipment, including communications and IT, from providers like Primetech and Excelerate Technology. Exhibiting for the first time is NLG Wholesale, Europe’s leading supplier of 4 X 4 accessories.
Other new exhibitors include Halo Thermal Imaging, International Safety Products and respiratory experts Sundström Safety.
Drones and Body Worn Video on the Agenda
This year’s event will feature three seminar programmes covering training, innovation and collaboration. In the Innovation Theatre delegates can hear how West Midlands Fire Service has employed technological advancements such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) and body worn video, and members of its team will lead a panel discussion on the future of multi-agency emergency response. Ben Clark, Inspector, Metropolitan Police Service will also talk about body worn video and discuss the implications for partner agencies.
Focus on Vital Role of Voluntary Sector
In an era of austerity cuts there has never been more reason to increase the dialogue and co-operation between the emergency services and the voluntary sector. British charity SARAID for example has an international search and rescue team, which was deployed to the Nepal Earthquake this year. It will be exhibiting in the Emergency Response Zone alongside 80 other organisations which could support you in preparing for and responding to future incidents.
Update Your Skills
The Royal Life Saving Society will be holding a Throwline Challenge and a team of specialist firefighters will be demonstrating Safe Working at Height and rope rescue techniques on the Crofton Engineering training tower and confined space cage. Visitors can also speak to companies such as Serco about the international fire training courses they offer and Rescue 3 Europe training provider, Cardiff International White Water, about its Swift Water and Flood First Responder courses.
PPE: New Launches
Many protective clothing manufacturers and suppliers are launching new products at The Emergency Services Show.
Bollé Safety will be launching the new Backdraft heat resistant goggle while on show for the first time on the Vimpex stand will be the new F10 MKV and F15 firefighting helmets. Bennett Safetywear Ltd will launch the latest additions to its well-known Blazemaster range of structural firefighting gloves. MAGNUM will show the new Vulcan Pro fireboot, which weighs in at around 1kg per boot, whilst Skellerup Footwear will also display its range of rubber fire boots including the Firefighter Extreme. Ilasco with Keela will launch two new clothing ranges; the FR Range and the Water Rescue range, and UK-based Technical Absorbents Ltd (TAL) will officially launch its K-SorbTM fabric. Meanwhile Bristol Uniforms will display new products including the company’s layered PPE solution, LayerFlex™. Exhibiting at The Emergency Services show for the first time is Visijax which specialises in embedding washable electronics (LEDs, sensors, cameras and communications equipment) into clothing.
The NEC is next to Birmingham International Station and Birmingham Airport and directly accessible from the UK motorway network. Entry and parking at The Emergency Services Show are free.