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The 2016 Emergency Services Show was the biggest in its ten-year history, say the organisers of the UK emergency services exhibition. The move to the larger Hall 5 at the NEC enabled the organisers to offer over 80 free seminar sessions, numerous CPD workshops and skills stations, live demonstrations and water rescue displays on the Pendigo Lake outside the exhibition hall.
A record number of 6,433 visitors included a 45 per cent increase in overseas visitors. The event broke new ground with features dedicated to drones and ICT, and a new “show within a show” which showcased the work of the fire and rescue services in the areas of health, well-being and prevention for the first time.
Over 20 per cent of the 460 exhibition stands were taken by new exhibitors. A company making its UK debut was Dechoker. Director of European Operations, Alan Walton said: “The Emergency Services Show was an outstanding success for us at Dechoker Europe Ltd and our distributors, Pro-Trainings Europe and Community Heartbeat Trust. The level of interest in our life-saving Dechoker Anti-Choking Device was phenomenal! We will certainly be present at the 2017 show.”
At the entrance to the show, Excelerate handed over a joint command unit to Northamptonshire Police and Fire and Rescue Service. The new command unit will provide a base for commanders when in attendance at large scale or major incidents.
In the ICT Innovation Theatre, the session on the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) presented by the Home Office, Motorola and EE attracted a great deal of interest. ESMCP is the programme to replace Airwave and provide integrated critical voice and broadband data services for the three emergency services.
The College of Paramedics area was expanded this year enabling over 700 people to attend the CPD sessions on the first day alone. Elsewhere the new Trauma Care & Education Zone offered further CPD opportunities through four skills stations covering airway management, haemorrhage control, splinting and immobilisation and burns.
David Brown, Event Director for The Emergency Services Show said afterwards: “The Emergency Services Show represents the UK’s largest multi-agency gathering, and it continues to grow. This year’s event perfectly captured the spirit of collaboration between the emergency services and the vital role played by new technologies. We were delighted with the way in which our new features and exhibitors were received and are grateful for the support of the many organisations and sponsors who have helped us to ensure the show evolves each year. We are already brimming with ideas of how we can further build on this for next year’s event.”
The Emergency Services Show will return to Hall 5 (pictured) at the NEC on September 20 and 21, 2017. Entry to the exhibition and seminars and parking will continue to be free. More details of the 2017 event will be published on www.emergencyuk.com.