The Emergency Services Show, which returned to Birmingham’s NEC on 19 and 20 September, attracted over 8,300 visitors and buyers, representing a record ten per cent increase on its previous highest attendance in 2017.
Over 2,500 of the show’s visitors attended the programme of 90 CPD seminars running in four theatres. Among the most popular sessions were ‘Against All Odds – the Cave Rescue in Thailand’ in Lessons Learnt and ‘Interoperability, Digital Transformation and the Connected Responder’, a walk-through seminar in the technology programme.
Dr Owen Jackson, of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat at the Cabinet Office delivered the well-attended keynote in the Collaboration Theatre on ‘Global Britain: The UK’s International Civil Protection Priorities and the Role of Resilience Practitioners’.
Among the most popular session in the Health and Wellbeing Theatre was Better Mental Health in the Emergency Services, given by Mind Blue Light as well as sessions on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, an issue which has seen heightened awareness thanks to the success of the BBC drama ‘Bodyguard’.
“Among the strongest new trends at this year’s show have been the growing importance of collaboration between services regionally, nationally and internationally and the emergence of technology as a key enabler of enhanced efficiency and effectiveness in operations,” said event director David Brown.
The indoor and outdoor exhibition featured over 450 exhibiting companies including leading names in vehicles and fleet, communications, technology, medical equipment and supplies, firefighting equipment, search and rescue, extrication, water rescue, first response, protective clothing and uniforms, vehicle equipment, training, community safety and station facilities.
The Emergency Services Show returns the NEC in Birmingham on 18-19 September 2019. For updates visit www.emergencyuk.com