Surge in attendance at the Emergency Services Show


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The recent Emergency Services Show, coupled with the Emergency Tech Show, witnessed an unprecedented influx of visitors at the NEC on 19 and 20 September.

With a spike of over 30 per cent from last year’s figures, the event pulled in a crowd of over 12,000 individuals, strengthening its position as the UK’s premier gathering for emergency service professionals.

Emergency Tech Show: A glimpse into the future

For the first time, the Emergency Tech Show made its debut, showcasing the forefront of digital innovations.

The event displayed a wide array of technological advancements, from cloud storage solutions and virtual reality training simulations to AI’s role in predictive emergency response.

An array of attractions and interactions

Participants at the event had the opportunity to engage in over 140 hours of CPD-accredited seminars.

They were spread across nine venues, including the Lessons Learned Leaders’ Summit and the Emergency Tech Keynote. Ross Kemp’s engaging discussion in the Policing Theatre, contrasting reality TV with actual policing, was among the highlights.

Meanwhile, the largest audience was captivated by Adam Kay at the Lessons Learned Leaders’ Summit.

The BAFTA-winning writer shared insights on how the NHS could improve staff mental health support.

Equally well-received were the CPD workshops by the College of Paramedics.

Outdoor enthusiasts were treated to a jet suit demonstration by Rowan Poulter from Gravity Industries.

Visitors also explored over 600 exhibits, offering a spectrum of products and technological solutions tailored for the emergency services sector.

Kathleen Canavan, from The Galway Clinic, captured the event’s essence: “It’s amazing; it’s action-packed. You can feel that in the air.”

Exhibitors like Danny O’Neill from Dräger UK and Peter Benson, CEO of The Ortus Group, expressed their satisfaction, emphasising the importance of the show for business and community engagement.

Emergency Services Show: Feedback from industry leaders

“The Emergency Services Show plays a crucial role in our financial year,” commented Callum Farrell from Excelerate Technology, highlighting the event’s significance in achieving their sales goals.

For those looking ahead, both shows will reconvene at the NEC, Birmingham on 18-19 September 2024.

For further details or booking queries, individuals and organisations can reach out here.

Meanwhile, emergency service personnel eager to attend in 2024 can register their interest.

IFSJ Comment

The exponential rise in attendance at this year’s Emergency Services Show underlines the significance of continuous learning and technological integration in the emergency services sector.

By amalgamating practical knowledge with innovative technologies, the event provides an unparalleled platform for professionals to exchange ideas, acquire new skills, and explore technological advancements.

It’s evident that such platforms are imperative for the future readiness of our emergency services, ensuring that they remain equipped, efficient, and adaptive in an ever-evolving environment.

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