UK Fire and Rescue Services to showcase Gold Standard in RTC Rescue at The Emergency Services Show

The West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) will host two realistic and interactive Road Traffic Collision (RTC) rescue challenges at The Emergency Services Show, which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from 18 to 19 September. The Extrication and First Aid and Trauma Challenge will provide an arena for some of the UK’s best rescue personnel to develop their proficiency levels in all areas of RTC rescue.

On both days of The Emergency Services Show (which is free to attend), competing teams from across the country will perform extrications from a series of realistic RTC scenarios featuring heavy and complex damage. Volunteer members of the WMFS Casualty Simulation Group will play the roles of casualties.

Teams will have 20 minutes from their ‘arrival’ at these simulated incidents to complete as much of the scenario as is safely possible. The action will be captured from a variety of camera angles and broadcast live to a large display screen.

In the First Aid and Trauma Challenge, teams of two will experience visual and audio inputs from a trauma scenario that has been set up and filmed in an ‘immersive’ tent. They’ll have ten minutes to assess, treat, ‘package’ and hand over the patient to a medic.

UKRO on hand for assessments

Both challenges will be judged by representatives of the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) who’ll ensure that best safe working practices are promoted in the areas of incident Command and Control, safety and scene assessment, extrication, professional pre-hospital care and the expert use of rescue equipment.

Various national Fire and Rescue Service crews will compete, aiming to become the highest qualifying regional team. These top teams then go on to compete in national and international championships. 

Watch Commander Martin McManus of the WMFS said: “UK Fire and Rescue Services strive to deliver the ‘Gold Standard’. They respond every year to thousands of incidents, many of which are extremely challenging and technical. As vehicle design and technology develop at pace, it’s essential that our crews train regularly and keep on top of these developments such that they can respond quickly, safely and professionally when they’re called upon.”

CPD seminars

The Emergency Services Show also offers a programme of free Continuing Professional Development (CPD) seminars covering Lessons Learned, Health and Well-Being, Emerging Technologies and IT, while the College of Paramedics will host its well-attended CPD training sessions on both days of the event.

With over 450 exhibiting companies, The Emergency Services Show is the UK’s largest event for the Emergency Services and offers many opportunities to be hands-on with the latest kit and simulation technology. It’s supported by the Airport Fire Officers Association, the British Fire Services Association, the Fire Industry Association, FIRE AID and International Development, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services, the Institution of Fire Engineers, JESIP, The Fire Fighters Charity, the National Fire Chiefs Council and UKRO.

*All aspects of The Emergency Services Show, including the exhibition, seminars and challenges are free to attend. To register for free entry and to find out more visit

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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 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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