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Emergency Services Show 2018 Preview

by Greg Preston
Emergency Services Show 2018 Preview

Learning, Collaboration and Latest Equipment at The Emergency Services Show: Emergency Services Show 2018 Preview.

The Emergency Services Show returns to Hall 5 at the NEC, Birmingham, from 19-20 September. This year’s event features 80 free CPD-accredited seminars, a dedicated International Collaboration Forum sponsored by the Resilience Advisors Network, a free conference on Waste Site Fires and an exciting opportunity to watch fire and rescue crews participate in daily Extrication and First Aid & Trauma Challenges.

Seminars take place in four separate theatres – Lessons Learnt (sponsored by UCLan PROTECT), Collaboration (incorporating an International Collaboration Forum sponsored by the Resilience Advisors Network), Health & Wellbeing, and Technology (sponsored by Excelerate).

The programmes feature an impressive line-up of senior speakers from the international fire and rescue community including representatives from the Federation of European Fire Associations (FEU), The Resilience Advisors Network, International Fire Chiefs and UK ISAR. There is a strong focus on collaboration and the efficiencies that can be achieved through data sharing and technology, whilst addressing head-on the health, safety and psychological needs of individual fire, rescue and call centre staff when responding to incidents.

Paul Argyle, Multi-Agency Strategic Advisor to the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester and the Combined Authority will cover the key learning points from the Manchester Arena attack.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service will report back from the region’s recent wildland fires, sharing early learning from multiple, simultaneous, high demand wildfire incidents and the impact they had on business continuity and effectiveness.

Barry Moore, Group Manager at Merseyside Fire & Rescue and Jim Davies National Operational Learning office at NFCC will share how Merseyside FRS responded to the Liverpool Arena car park fire, exploring how incidents like this happen and what we can learn from them.

Extrication Challenge

The Extrication Challenge, hosted by West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) and judged by UKRO, will return after its successful introduction last year.

It will be a highly interactive and immersive experience for participants and show visitors alike. Sixteen different live stream action cameras will relay the action via a 16-foot-wide screen. Spectators will see a mix of angles including overhead drone footage provided by West Midlands Police, and body worn cameras on the Officer in Charge, Casualty Carer and Technology Team in each team.

Emergency Services Show 2018 Preview

In each round two competing teams will carry out extrications from simulated crash scenes. Best safe-working practices will be in the spotlight as skills including incident command and control, safety and scene assessment, extrication, professional pre-hospital care and expert use of rescue equipment are put to the test.

The challenge takes place in a dedicated area with two pits so that two teams of five can compete side by side. Teams will have 30 minutes from their ‘arrival’ at these simulated incidents to complete as much of the scenario as is safely possible.

First Aid & Trauma Challenge

The First Aid & Trauma Challenge will once again see teams of two who will experience visual and audio inputs from an incident that has been set up and filmed especially, in an ‘immersive’ tent. They’ll face a realistic trauma scenario and have 10 minutes to assess, treat, ‘package’ and handover the patient to a medic.

Adding even more realism will be members of the WMFS Casualty Simulation Group (CSG) whose volunteers play the roles of casualties year-round for training events and exercises, complete with make-up and prosthetics.

War On Waste Site Fires

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is holding The War On Waste Site Fires – Fighting Fires Together Conference in the Piazza 1 Suite at the NEC on the first day of the show. The conference is an opportunity for emergency services and partners to share information about the challenges and improvements when responding and dealing with the threat waste sites fires pose. Free places for this co-located event must be booked in advance here.

450 Exhibitors

Around the indoor and outdoor exhibition visitors will be able to see and touch the latest kit and discuss solutions with over 450 suppliers and organisations. In the networking hub of the show. The exhibition features everything from PPE and fire-fighting equipment to communications technology and training facilities. Rosenbauer, Emergency One, Terberg and Volvo Trucks are both expected to bring their latest fire appliances to the show. Angloco will demonstrate its ladder and other fire fighter vehicles in the Outside Area. The show will also see the UK premiere of Aebi Schmidt’s flexible and versatile MT 750 fire truck, which is particularly adept in the narrow streets. With over 60 companies exhibiting for the first time, there are also plenty of new names to discover.

Emergency Services Show 2018 Preview

The Collaboration Zone, over 80 emergency services, voluntary groups, partner agencies, charities and NGOs will be sharing details of the support they offer.

Entry and parking are free. To register for free entry visit emergencyuk.com

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