Tall building fires under the spotlight at Birmingham’s NEC during Emergency Services Show

Responding to fires in tall buildings will be a key focus at this year’s Emergency Services Show which runs in Hall 5 at the NEC in Birmingham on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 September.

Russ Timpson, founder of the Tall Building Fire Safety Network, will present a session in the Lessons Learned Theatre (sponsored by UCLan) on tall building fires in the wake of the recent Grenfell Tower blaze in London. In addition, the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust will share its learnings from responding to the incident, while the British Red Cross is due to explain how it worked with and supported the local community thanks to a Task Force of volunteers.

The importance of the recovery phase will also be covered in a seminar on multi-agency response to such ‘Black Swan’ events. This session will be presented by Luana Avagliano, head of Resilience Direct at the Cabinet Office. Avagliano will explain how Best Practice and digital technology can support the responder and recovery community.

In the new Health and Well-Being Theatre, the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is to present a session on supporting firefighters dealing with the emotional impact of emergency medical response. Two psychological therapists from The Firefighters Charity are also due to speak.

The charity (which is also exhibiting at the show) has a range of support services in place to help those affected by incidents like the Grenfell Tower episode, among them psychological rehabilitation programmes, recuperation breaks and community-based advice, information and support.

Sean Starbuck, national officer for the Fire Brigades Union who will present a session entitled ‘Firefighters’ Mental Health Matters’, informed Risk UK: “After the horror of Grenfell Tower, operational and control firefighters will need support now more than ever.”

Exhibition area

The Bronto FL45XRS aerial platform will be on display at the NEC

The Bronto FL45XRS aerial platform will be on display at the NEC

In the external exhibition area, Angloco will be displaying the UK’s tallest aerial firefighting appliance: a 45-metre Bronto FL45XRS aerial platform.

Emergency One/Clan Tools will be demonstrating the Magirus M32L-AT turntable ladder featuring a telescopic five-section ladder with a 32-metre working height, while the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is going to be running sprinkler demonstrations.

Meanwhile, inside the NEC, Crofton Engineering – the specialist fabricator and installer of fire training buildings and live fire simulators – is set to showcase its most recent UK installations including a high-rise tower commissioned by the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The latest fire safety guidance will be available from the Fire Industry Association and the Fire Sector Federation. Representatives from the British Standards Institution and the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association will be giving advice on the use of sprinkler systems in both domestic and industrial buildings.

Around the exhibition, leading names in lighting solutions, breathing apparatus, evacuation aids, PPE and firefighting and rescue equipment are to demonstrate their latest products.

Free to attend, the Emergency Services Show enables visitors to witness and handle the latest kit and speak to leading training providers. The event features over 400 exhibitors in 2017, plus live demonstrations of vehicles and equipment and a full programme of CPD-accredited seminars covering PPE, R&D, innovations and Health and Safety.

*Entry to the exhibition and seminars is free, as is parking on the site. To register for free entry visit www.emergencyuk.com

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014.

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