Cutting-edge technology and innovation takes centre stage at The Emergency Services Show
The Emergency Services Show (ESS) makes its triumphant return from 19-20 September 2023, and it promises to be an extraordinary showcase of the latest breakthroughs in the dynamic world of emergency services. This is the ultimate gathering of professionals and leaders from across all blue light services and first responders, all under one roof.
Packed with a host of new features, this year’s event offers police, fire & rescue, ambulance and rescue professionals even more to discover, learn, share and collaborate around. Occupying Halls 4 and 5 at the NEC, Birmingham, ESS will be co-located with The Emergency Tech Show, a brand new event that will showcase emerging technologies and innovations including digital transformation tools; connectivity; control room solutions; software and apps; wearable tech; cloud storage; virtual reality training simulation; and the use of AI for predictive emergency response, resource allocation and data analysis.
“The pace of innovation and change for today’s emergency services is astonishing and exciting in equal measure,” says Event Director David Brown. “There is no better place to discover the latest new equipment, resources, methods and practices than The Emergency Services Show.”
With more than 550 leading brands represented, show visitors can source new products and technology from the leading names including Dräger, Stryker, Venari, GoodSAM, Ramco UK, SAAB, YPO, Vimpex, Excelerate, Dataminr, Sure Antennas, Emergency One, Vision Unique Equipment, Thomas Jacks, Reflex Medical and many more.
New for 2023, the Road Safety Zone will bring together a dedicated focus area for suppliers of road safety equipment and solutions and a Road Safety Solutions Hub. The hub will cover the biggest emerging issues for the sector, including the challenges associated with incidents involving all types of electric vehicles (EVs), such as battery fires. Also incorporated in the new zone will be the ever-popular Extrication and Trauma Challenges hosted by West Midlands Fire Service. The two competitive challenges showcase the latest technology and equipment in action, livestreamed to large video screens.
Resilience and recovery are key themes of this year’s event with the Resilience and Recovery Theatre and a dedicated networking lounge hosted by the Emergency Planning Society to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The Resilience & Recovery Theatre will focus on the Government’s Resilience Framework document. Topics covered include developing a new Resilience Academy; a reinvigorated national exercising programme to test preparedness; the new emergency alerts system; strengthening Local Resilience Forums; the benefits of ResilienceDirect, resilience as a career, and how the private sector can impact resilience planning.
“Resilience and preparedness have never been more important for our emergency services after recent unforeseen events ranging from Covid and the Ukraine to extreme weather and the energy crisis,” says David Brown. “The Emergency Services Show offers a unique meeting place to support the entire emergency services community to be better prepared in every way for future incidents.”
Dedicated to providing cutting-edge industry practices and fostering forward-thinking discussions, the seminar programme at the show will feature an impressive lineup of keynote speakers and expert-led sessions. Attendees can expect to gain valuable insights and receive practical guidance from these sessions, all of which are CPD accredited. One notable highlight is The Policing Theatre at ESS, which will be aligned with the visionary objectives outlined in the Strategic Policing Board’s recently published Policing Vision 2030 statement. This forward-thinking vision aims to revolutionise the entire policing system, promising transformative changes that will shape the future of law enforcement.
The College of Paramedics is set to offer its highly sought-after 30-minute CPD workshops, designed to cater to paramedics of all experience levels. These workshops provide actionable learning opportunities that can benefit both seasoned professionals and newcomers to the field. Regardless of their background, paramedics attending the show can expect to gain valuable insights and practical knowledge to enhance their skills.
The Lessons Learned Leaders’ Summit, will delve into the profound takeaways from significant events of the past year. Topics covered will include fostering diversity in leadership positions, implementing review recommendations, and analysing specific incident reports like the impactful Manchester Arena attack.
Additionally, the Health & Wellbeing Theatre will focus on addressing the physical and mental health challenges faced by emergency responders. This year’s spotlight will be on maintaining a healthy diet, managing the pressures associated with shift work and the rising cost of living, appreciating the advantages of a neurodiverse workforce, and developing coping strategies for life’s key challenges, from recruitment to retirement. Topics such as pregnancy, promotion, and the menopause will also be explored, providing valuable insights into navigating these crucial stages in an emergency responder’s career.
Unveiling a refreshed Collaboration Zone for 2023, this enhanced area will unite the emergency services, voluntary groups, charities and NGOs in a vibrant community to showcase their support and foster collaborative co-response and partnership initiatives.
Networking opportunities have long been one of the biggest draws at ESS and this year there will networking drinks at the end of the show’s first day, taking place in the Hall 5 Networking Café.
Registration for the event is now live at: www.emergencyuk.com. Entry to the Emergency Services Show and parking at the NEC are both free. The NEC is linked to Birmingham International Station and Birmingham Airport and is directly accessible from the UK motorway network.