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UK’s Largest Event for The Emergency Services

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UK’s Largest Event for The Emergency Services

Latest Equipment & Expertise on Show at the UK’s Largest Event for The Emergency Services

Returning to the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, UK from 20th to 21st September, The Emergency Services Show offers fire and rescue personnel and industrial brigades from around the world access to the very best equipment, expertise and support networks to prepare for future incidents and keep the public safe.

Fire appliances will be on show from Emergency One, Volvo Trucks and John Dennis, as well as the latest generation of smaller incident vehicles from the likes of Iveco. In the outside area Emergency One will be demonstrating the Magirus M32L-AT turntable ladder featuring a telescopic 5-section ladder with a 32 metre working height.

Volvo Trucks will display the new FL816 appliance in the livery of West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS). It is powered by Volvo’s Euro-6 compliant D8K280 engine with 280hp and 1,050Nm of torque and matched to an Allison 3000 series automatic transmission with integral retarder.

Terberg DTS Fire & Rescue Division will be showcasing its range of fire and rescue equipment including Leader PPV fans and thermal imaging cameras. It will also be profiling its Oshkosh ARFF and TACR3 & TACR4 Rapid Response Vehicles. Primetech will exhibit its latest demountable MultiPod + system for pick-up vehicles with the Cobra high pressure lance-based firefighting system

Other leading vehicle suppliers at the show include BMW and Jaguar Land Rover as well as a wide range of chassis manufacturers and specialist vehicle converters. BMW will be exhibiting its electric and hybrid range extender vehicles including a BMW i3 94Ah AC REx Fire & Rescue Incident Response Vehicle.

UK’s Largest Event for The Emergency Services

See and Handle Latest Equipment

Around the indoor and outdoor exhibition visitors will be able to see and handle the latest kit and discuss their needs with suppliers. These include many companies exhibiting for the first time including APT Fabrics, Beeswift, BSP Hydraulics, Fordingbridge PLC, Jaama, Pika International, Rewards for Rescue, The Triscan Group, Pro-Cloud Bluelight and London Fire Brigade Enterprises.

Key suppliers returning to the show this year include, Bristol Uniforms, Excelerate and Vimpex. Scott Safety will be showcasing its latest in-mask thermal imaging technology intelligence system, Scott Sight. Crofton Engineering, fabricator and installer of fire training buildings and live fire simulators will be showcasing its most recent installations including a high-rise tower commissioned by Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service.

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) in partnership with various vehicle manufacturers, will provide visitors with specialist information on the latest rescue tool equipment, new vehicle technology, high strength steel, airbags, SRS, hybrid and full electric vehicles and road safety. Its displays will include a Virtual Reality video and goggles being used by their Road Casualty Reduction Team to educate drivers about road safety.

Extrication Challenge

WMFS will also be running a realistic and exciting Extrication Challenge. Some of the UK’s best rescue personnel will come together and develop their proficiency levels in all areas of road traffic collision rescue but specifically in incident command and control, safety and scene assessment, extrication, professional pre-hospital care and expert use of rescue equipment.
Supported and judged by the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO), the RTC scenarios will include an upright car, a car on its side and a car on its roof. Vehicles will have heavy and complex damage (simulating a significant RTC) along with a ‘live’ casualty trapped inside. There will also be other vehicles or props making the scenarios more realistic. Spectators will have the opportunity to get close to the action, just a few metres from the simulation.

Cutting Tool Demonstration

UKRO will also be running a demonstration of space creation and practical cutting techniques, giving visitors a good basic understanding of how cutting and spreading tools work on vehicles. The demonstration will cover correct operator positioning, the principles of cutting, tackling door hinges and how to use small tools in confined internal spaces. Attendees will also receive guidance on how to avoid some of the most common mistakes operators make when using cutters, spreaders and combi tools.

Lake Demonstrations

The future of waterborne SAR and flood rescue will be dynamically showcased in live water rescue demonstrations on the Pendigo Lake on both days of the show. The 30-minute water rescue demonstrations will show members of the Surf Life Saving GB (SLSGB) Flood Response Service tactical team responding to an aircraft crash scenario in the middle of the lake. A commentator will explain the techniques being used and footage of the demonstrations will also be broadcast around the indoor exhibition halls.

Collaboration Zone

In the networking hub of the show, The Collaboration Zone, over 80 voluntary groups, charities and NGOs will be sharing details of the support they offer the sector. Visitors will be able to speak to the likes of the Fire Industry Association and Fire Sector Federation who will have representatives from BSI and British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association on their stands.

Four CPD Seminar Theatres

Simon Lewis, Head of Crisis Response at the British Red Cross will speak in the Lessons Learnt seminar theatre on managing communities’ response to crises in the aftermath of the Manchester and London terror attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire. Dan Stephens, Chief Fire Officer of Merseyside FRS and Chief Inspector David Westby of Merseyside Police are also due to share learnings from the New Ferry gas explosion that took place in The Wirral in March.

In the Health & Wellbeing Theatre attendees can learn how Humberside Fire and Rescue Service has implemented Blue Light Time to Change pledge to end mental health stigma and discrimination in the workplace. Two psychological therapists from the Fire Fighters charity will explore the mental health issues and challenges faces by firefighters and their families. Simon Durance and Gary Hayes, co-founders of the charity PTSD999, will present a session on living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

In the Innovations Theatre, Rob Buckingham Director of RACE (Remote Applications in Challenging Environments) will explain the latest developments in robotics for the emergency services and how facilities at the UKAEA aid testing and efficient procurement for the Fire Service and Police Force. Attendees can also find out more about the fully integrated control room operated by North West Fire Control, while Kent Fire & Rescue Service will share details of its Collaborative PPE Project. West Midlands Fire Service will share the service’s experience of using body worn cameras.

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service will present a new motorbike and road safety educational toolkit in the Road Safety Theatre.

All seminar sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the show and no pre-booking is required. To claim CPD time simply to collect a Seminar Passport at the end of any sessions attended and visit the CPDme stand (M48) for a certificate of attendance.

The UK Fire and Resilience Offer

Recognising the growing interest from abroad in the British fire protection and fire safety excellence, The Emergency Services Show has this year secured the support of the Joint International Fire Board (JIFB) and will work closely with them to develop overseas opportunities.

Getting There

The NEC is linked to Birmingham International Station (just over one hour from London Euston by direct train) and Birmingham Airport. It is directly accessible from the M42 and UK motorway network. Parking at the venue and entry to the exhibition and seminars are all free.

To register for free entry visit www.emergencyuk.com

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