Fire Product Search Emergency Services Show 2016 Preview
Lessons learnt from past incidents and the move from response to prevention will be key themes at this year’s Emergency Services Show which takes place in Hall 5 at the NEC, Birmingham, UK from 21-22 September 2016.
Fire and rescue personnel and industrial brigades are invited to attend the free event to share best practice with other responders, try out the latest equipment and prepare for future incidents including terrorist attacks, road traffic accidents and natural disasters.
The Multi Agency Response
New for 2016, The Learning Zone features a free two-day seminar programme curated and inspired by JESIP and the National Operational Guidance Programme for the Fire & Rescue Service. Sessions will review the multi-agency responses to recent incidents, identify the operational challenges and capture positive learning.
A number of exhibitors will be available to speak to speak to visitors about collaborative projects. London Fire Brigade for example will be showcasing the results of Exercise Unified Response, a large scale and complex, live and command post exercise, which was held earlier this year, based on a significant building collapse, incorporating heavy transport and mass casualties.
West Midlands Police’s Multi Agency Specialist Assessment Team (MASAT) will be exhibiting this year. “This a great piece of partnership working in the CBRN world, that has shaped thinking and operational direction throughout the UK. West Midlands Emergency Services teams were instrumental in the development and trial of this team,” says Jon Thursfield, Inspector Operations, Emergency Planning, West Midlands Police.
Visitors to the Excelerate stand will be able to see the new joint command vehicle for police and fire services in Northamptonshire. Currently under construction, it is believed will be the only one of its kind in the UK. The new vehicle, which will be run by Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS), will provide a base for commanders when in attendance at large scale or major incidents.
A United Voice on Flood Risk
The Flood Advisory Service team will bring their 40ft, state-of-the-art roadshow trailer to the heart of Exhibition Hall 5. The trailer spends most of its time out on the road visiting flood prone and flood hit communities providing advice on flood risk and ways in which properties can be protected to minimise future flood risk.
Launched in partnership with SUAS Global, the new Drone Zone will showcase drone suppliers and bring together industry specialists with end-users who will be sharing their UAV knowledge and experiences with delegates. The programme includes presentations on risk management, privacy, security implications and regulations and features drone operators from West Midlands Fire Service, Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service (which has joint use of a drone with Lancashire Police), Surrey Search & Rescue and The Department for Transport among others.
Within the exhibition, drone supplier Coptrz will be on hand to offer emergency services advice on how to choose the right drone and what kind of training is required. Other suppliers of UAV technology exhibiting include Aeraccess, Excelerate, Primetech and WH Bence.
Home Safety 2016
Fire and rescue services will share details of how they are collaborating with other partners to help people live safely in their homes in a new show running alongside The Emergency Services Show this year. Home Safety 2016 will comprise a free two-day seminar programme and a dedicated exhibition showcasing specialist equipment for the safe home. It is supported by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) and the Fire Kills campaign.
Opening the Home Safety 2016 seminars, Ged Devereux, Health Improvement Manager, Public Health England North West (currently seconded to CFOA) will talk about the recently published document, Working Together, which explores how health, social care and fire and rescue services can increase their reach, scale and impact through joint working. The seminar sessions which follow will include case studies from fire and rescue services who have expanded their work into the health area by working alongside the NHS, as well as partnering other agencies such as Age UK and the Alzheimer’s Society. As Home Safety 2016 takes place during Gas Safety Week (19-25 September), the programme will also cover various aspects of gas safety, showing how fire and rescue services can work with partners at a local level to ensure that being CO aware is core to the safe and well visit.
Companies, organisations and emergency services who will be available to speak to visitors in the Home Safety 2016 exhibition include Cleveland Fire Brigade, Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service Fire as a Health Asset, Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service, Mangar Health, MPL Locksmith Training, National Grid, Plumis – The Automist Innovators, Retractalarm and Royal Society for Public Health.
Visitors to the show will be able to learn about how TrustMark, the Government-endorsed scheme for tradespeople, has partnered with CFOA Blue Watch, the Chief Fire Officers home safety scheme UK, to promote the assessment and registration of safety features found in both private and rented homes.
Live Demos and workshops
Several exhibitors are planning live demonstrations of equipment and rescue techniques. Harken Industrial’s Technical Team for example will be demonstrating the operational features of the PowerSeat man riding winch, by hoisting a person to the ceiling of the exhibition hall and back down again.
Le Maitre will be demonstrating its new RESCUE 300 high powered smoke generator.
Water rescue demonstrations are planned for the Pendigo Lake, adjacent to our outdoor exhibition area outside Hall 5.
Meanwhile the College of Paramedics’ CPD area has been expanded to enable more delegates to participate in the 30-minute bite-sized workshops.
Speak to Suppliers
Major names confirmed in the impressive indoor and outdoor exhibition include Bristol Uniforms, PBI Performance Products, Draeger, Holmatro, Weber Rescue, Emergency One/Clan Tools & Plant, Ferno, Openhouse Products, Physio-Control, Scott Safety and Interspiro.
Visitors with an interest in vehicles will find leading names such as Mercedes-Benz Trucks, BMW, Volvo Emergency Services Cars, Volvo Trucks and 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.
Terberg Fire and Rescue will be launching TACR4, the latest model in its range of TACR compact aircraft vehicles. The vehicle’s multi-role capability allows the units to be used not only in an airport environment but also in the local authority, industrial and military market sectors with its high level of mobility, effectiveness and supportability. The unit can be reconfigured very quickly to suit various incident types for example from wildfire applications in summer seasons to flooding or technical rescue applications.
Barrus, a leading custom-engine builder, will be showcasing the Mercury 175hp diesel outboard and the 185hp kerosene version, both of which have been developed for military use. The diesel engine is ideal for applications where petrol is either not available or carries a fire risk.
See and Handle the Latest Equipment
Delta Fire will stage the official launch of its new Generation 2 Pro Series Fire Nozzles at the Emergency Services Show. It will also launch the new Delta ‘Attack’ and ‘Lay’ Packs and the new patented Nozzle Hose designed for the quick encapsulation of active fires or areas of risk efficiently and safely.
Holmatro will display its new 5000 series cutters, which are lighter and more ergonomic than ever, significantly reducing the physical burden on the operator.
Bariquins is exhibiting its bariatric training mannequins for the first time anywhere at this year’s show. ‘Barry’ as he’s known, weighs 25 stone but can be carried by one person -providing Barry is not assembled. He’s made up of 15 weighted sections, a jacket and realistic looking head, hands and feet. And it takes less than 10 minutes to put him together.
The latest kit and technology will also be widely discussed in the PPE and ICT Innovation Theatres, details of which will be published soon.
Valuable Opportunity to Network and Form New Partnerships
Aimed at developing partnerships between voluntary organisations, non-governmental organisations and fire and rescue services, The Collaboration Zone is a networking focus of the exhibition. It incorporates the UK SAR Zone where visitors can meet with Mountain Rescue England and Wales, HM Coastguard and British Cave Rescue Council.
Entry to the exhibition and seminars is free. The NEC is linked to Birmingham International Station and Birmingham Airport and directly accessible from the UK motorway network. Parking for visitors and exhibitors is free of charge.
Image courtesy of London Fire Brigade
To register for free entry visit www.emergencyuk.com