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Record numbers attend The Emergency Services Show 2022

19 October 2022

A RECORD number of visitors attended the award-winning Emergency Services Show at the NEC in Birmingham on 21 and 22 September. The UK’s largest event for the Emergency Services community, which is organised by the Nineteen Group, attracted over 10,100 visitors and buyers for the first time in its history, with strong representation from across all of the Emergency Services including the police service, the Fire and Rescue Service, the Ambulance Service and Search and Rescue.

The show’s visitors attended a programme of over 80 Continuing Professional Development-certified seminars running in six theatres covering Lessons Learned, Emerging Technologies, Health and Well-Being, Future Policing, the College of Paramedics and, new for 2022, First Responder (which focused on improving collaboration between the Emergency Services and the security industry).

The indoor and outdoor exhibition featured over 450 exhibitors. Visitors were able to source new technology and products from the leading names in public safety, medical and firefighting equipment, vehicles, drones, Command and Control, satellite and blended communications, Search and Rescue, extrication, water rescue, CBRNE, first response, protective clothing and uniforms, training, community safety and station facilities.

Conference programme

In the Lessons Learned Theatre, Dr Iryna Rybinkina (consultant cardiothoracic anaesthetist and CEO of Smart Medical Aid) shared her unique insights from operating in a European war zone in a presentation entitled ‘Inspiration from the Ukrainian Front Line’.

Commenting on the event, Dr Rybinkina said: “There are so many interesting new gadgets. I’m really enjoying it. I think it’s very important to bring people together in one dedicated environment so that they can keep talking about and collaborating on different projects.”

Speaking in the Future Policing Theatre, Lord Bernard Hogan Howe (former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service) said: “What’s really important about these shows is that you see new ideas. If you don’t view the new technology and the new ways of doing things, you carry on doing what you’ve always done and that means you’re trapped in the past. If you can source new technology that really helps you to stop crime, why wouldn’t you do so?”

From the exhibitors

Several exhibitors have also had their say on how The Emergency Services Show progressed this year.

“We’ve had really in-depth conversations with customers from across all of the Emergency Services, including representatives from the maritime and coastguard communities, the police and the fire sector,” enthused Helen Aldred, public sector manager for the southern region at Toyota (GB) plc. “I’ve just received an order for 56 cars.”

David Savage, Group executive chair of Excelerate Technology Group, stated: “What a great show it has been. One of the busiest editions of The Emergency Services Show for a long time with the right mix of existing customers and new opportunities.”

Daniel Abrahams, applications engineer at Hexagon, noted: “It’s a great chance to meet new clients as well as existing ones, generate new opportunities and have a look at what else is on offer around the show.”

Typical of show visitors, Steve Pagett (firefighter with the London Fire Brigade) commented: “It’s always interesting to see what new equipment is being released to the market and how it’s going to help the Emergency Services. Events like The Emergency Services Show are so important as they give everyone an idea of where the cutting edge is at present.”

*The Emergency Services Show returns to Hall 5 at the NEC in Birmingham on 19-20 September 2023. Companies and organisations who are interested in booking a stand at the 2023 edition should contact: info@emergencyuk.com

**For further information visit The Emergency Services Show’s dedicated website at www.emergencyuk.com