Kit, Collaboration and Communications at The Emergency Services Show

Wednesday, 12 September, 2018

In the fast-changing world of modern policing and emergency response, only one event in the UK offers police officers of every rank opportunities to see and try all the latest equipment, learn and share best practice and interact with colleagues from all emergency services and first responders.

At the Emergency Services Show at the NEC, Birmingham from 19 to 20 September, experts from across the emergency services community offer insights on everything from responding to firearm, knife and acid attacks to handling recent major incidents ranging from the Manchester Arena to Salisbury.

Featuring over 450 exhibiting companies and organisations, the indoor and outdoor exhibition is a one-stop shop for sourcing all the latest services and equipment. Exhibiting companies include leading names in communications, IT, protective clothing and uniforms, body-worn video, UAVs, medical supplies, drug testing, vehicles, vehicle equipment, outsourcing, training, community safety and station facilities.

With the recent Salisbury nerve agent attack uppermost in public consciousness, the show also offers the opportunity to meet a wide range of specialists in CBRE equipment including Ansell Healthcare, Avon Protection, Respirex, Interspiro, Draeger, Scott Safety, Decontex, DuPont and Terberg.

Southern Scientific will be demonstrating two new electronic instruments: the Serstech 100 indicator for unknown white powder incidents and Tracerco PED-ER electronic personal dosimeter for radiation monitoring.
The ATACC Group, which has developed a worldwide reputation for police tactical firearms trauma training, will be offering advice and CPD-accredited training on its stand.
CIPHER Medical will again be providing free training for police and other emergency services professionals. Its education zone on stand Q31 will include sessions covering stab wounds, traumatic cardiac arrest, and end of life care.

The College of Paramedics is running a programme of free 30-minute CPD workshops, which members of the police service are welcome to attend. Sam Thompson, a forensic paramedic with Kent Police will present a session on rape and sexual assault, looking at the needs of the victims and improving immediate care and long term outcomes for these vulnerable patients. The programme also includes a presentation from custody paramedic Richard Steggall.

Free CPD-Seminars
Seminars take place in four separate theatres - Lessons Learnt (sponsored by UCLan PROTECT), Collaboration (incorporating an International Collaboration Forum sponsored by the Resilience Advisors Network), Health & Wellbeing, and Technology (sponsored by Excelerate). All the seminars are free-to-attend and CPD accredited, with many sessions highly relevant to police visitors.

Collaboration with other emergency services will be a strong theme in the seminar theatres with presentations on Joint Operational Learning from JESIP, and members of The Resilience Advisors Network and Emergency Services Collaboration Working Group (ESCWG) sharing their expertise.

In a session entitled Protection from the new CBRN threats post-Salisbury, Laura Cochrane, medical director at Emergent Biosolutions will outline the latest medical countermeasures available to police and emergency responders.

New for 2018, the Technology Theatre sponsored by Excelerate features a programme of seminars of interest to all police service personnel involved in the specification, procurement, development, application and roll-out of data, video and voice communications.

In the Lessons Learnt seminar theatre, multi-agency case studies will be presented by services who have responded to major incidents. Metropolitan Police Detective Superintendent Mike West will cover preparing for and tackling corrosive attacks, outlining how the Met has improved their response through operational preparedness, changes to data collection and working to the national action plans set by the NPCC and Home Office.

Helen Turner, Resilience Planning and Business Continuity Co-ordinator at British Transport Police will discuss some of the incidents which were experienced by BTP during 2016 and 2017, its capacity and capability to respond to major incidents and emergencies, both now and in the future.

In the networking hub of the show, The Collaboration Zone, over 80 emergency services, voluntary groups, charities and NGOs will be sharing details of the support they offer, and partner agencies will be available to discuss co-response. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary & Fire & Rescue Services will be exhibiting for the first time alongside regular participants British APCO, ResilienceDirect, British Transport Police and Police Dependents Trust.

• Entry to the exhibition and seminars is free, as is parking at the NEC. To register in advance visit:

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