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How emerging technologies are improving the efficiency and operational effectiveness of emergency response is a focus of The Emergency Services Show 2019, an annual UK event for the 999 services. It’s running in Hall 5 at the NEC, Birmingham on Wednesday 18 and Thursday, September 19.
ESS event director David Brown says: “Technology and innovation are enabling our emergency services to tackle the complex and dynamic challenges they face today and into the future. This year, more than ever The Emergency Services Show is set to be a showcase for new and emerging technologies that will deliver enhanced efficiency and effectiveness in operations, enabling police, fire & rescue, ambulance and rescue professionals both to do more and to do it better.”
The exhibition features over 450 companies including names in vehicles and fleet, communications, technology, medical and fire fighting equipment, search and rescue, extrication, water rescue, first response, protective clothing and uniforms, public safety, vehicle equipment, training, community safety and station facilities.
New technology on display will include connected vehicles that serve as mobile communications hubs, satellite communications, ruggedised mobile computers tablets and phones, data, cloud storage, wearable tech, connectivity, UAVs or drones, hybrid and electric vehicles, body-worn cameras and other video capture systems. Other technological innovations include the latest in protective fabrics, medical equipment, fire fighting and rescue tools and equipment. Just as important are the enabling ICT applications being showcased, including control room systems, data management, mobile apps for emergency service and public use and the multiple technologies now being used to speed and aid collaboration.
CPD-accredited seminars allow visitors from all emergency services and allied organisations to ensure they are up-to-date on the latest technology and best practice as well as gathering insights from the successes and challenges of recent UK and International emergencies. The College of Paramedics will also host its CPD training sessions on both days.
Returning features include the Extrication Challenge hosted by West Midlands Fire Service and judged by UKRO and the First Aid & Trauma Challenge. Both showcase the use of the latest equipment, while the Extrication Challenge is also an interactive experience for participants and show visitors alike, featuring live-stream action cameras.
The free-to-visit event attracted a record 8,348 visitors from the UK and international emergency services in 2018. About 2,500 of the visitors attended the 90 CPD seminars running in four theatres and 2019 will see free sessions; on ‘lessons learnt’, health and wellbeing, and emerging technologies.
In the networking hub of the show, The Collaboration Zone, over 80 emergency services, voluntary groups, charities and NGOs detail the support they offer, while members of other partner agencies will be available to discuss co-response and other areas of partnership working.
Entry to the event and parking at the NEC are free.
To register to attend or to ask about exhibiting visit www.emergencyuk.com.