EMERGENCY SERVICES SHOW TO ADDRESS MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES

West Midlands Fire Service will host extrication, first aid and trauma challenges, in addition to a wealth of advice on physical and mental wellbeing as part of this year’s Emergency Services Show at Birmingham’s NEC on 19-20 September.

Emergency services and partner agencies will share their experiences of responding to real incidents in the ‘Lessons Learnt’ seminar theatre. Following its successful introduction in 2017, the ‘Health & Wellbeing’ seminar theatre is set to return this year.

Speakers will include emergency responders who have experienced mental health challenges, and organisations who are implementing change and offering support.

The College of Paramedics is returning to deliver its programme of free 30-minute CPD workshops, which all emergency services personnel are welcome to attend.

Around the indoor and outdoor exhibition visitors will be able to see and touch the latest kit and discuss solutions to their needs with suppliers. Making a welcome return will be key suppliers including BMW Group, Bristol Uniforms, Jaguar Land Rover, Stryker UK Ltd and Vimpex. Many exhibitors will demonstrate new solutions and technology at their stands.

Companies exhibiting for the first time at The Emergency Services Show include the British Burn Association, BC Lifeguards, Fire Service Research & Training Trust, Headset Services, Oscar Kilo, SimTrainer UK, Strongmind Resilience Training, Sub Zero Technology and UK ISAR.

In the show’s networking hub – The Collaboration Zone – over 80 emergency services, voluntary groups, charities and NGOs will share details of the support they offer, while members of other partner agencies will discuss co-response and other areas of partnership in operation.

Supporting organisations include the Association of Air Ambulances, British APCO, the newly-formed Central Programme Office (custodians of the FRS National Operational Guidance Programme), Fire Industry Association, Independent Ambulance Association, ResilienceDirect, The National Fire Chiefs Council and United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO).