This year’s Emergency Services Show was the biggest in its ten-year history and provided an insight to the UK’s fast-evolving emergency services industry.
The move to the larger Hall 5 at the NEC enabled the organisers to offer more free learning and networking opportunities than ever before, with over 80 free seminar sessions, numerous CPD workshops and skills stations, live demonstrations and water rescue displays on the Pendigo Lake directly outside the exhibition hall.
A record number of 6,433 visitors were attracted which included a 45 percent increase in overseas visitors.
Exhibiting at the event, Alex Creamer, head of business development at Steroplast Healthcare Ltd said: “It’s a great gateway to the emergency services sector. You are covering everything from coastguards to the police to the military. There’s a wide range of buyers here including emergency services from abroad.”
The event broke new ground with features dedicated to drones and ICT innovation, and a new “show within a show” which showcased the work of the fire and rescue services in the areas of health, wellbeing and prevention for the first time.
Over 20 percent of the 460 exhibition stands were taken by new exhibitors.
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.”
David Brown, event director for The Emergency Services Show said: “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 at the NEC from 20to 21 September 2017. Entry to the exhibition and seminars and parking will continue to be free of charge.
More details of the 2017 event will be published on www.emergencyuk.com