The NEC in Birmingham will be hosting this year’s edition of the Emergency Services Show (ESS) on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th September 2021. The exhibition, which is designed to equip frontline workers with the tools and techniques needed to maximise wellbeing and drive performance, features an experienced speaker line-up. Professionals from across the industry will be sharing their accounts of mental wellness, health and nutrition, menopause, fatigue and workforce diversity from the dedicated Health and Wellbeing Seminar Theatre. Mind Blue Light will also talk about Mind’s Covid-19 response, offering advice on how emergency responders can look after their own mental health as well as support their colleagues during the pandemic.
Over the course of the two-day event, delegates will hear about the real-life experiences of practitioners, frontline responders and experts from all of the emergency services including Andy Elwood, an experienced former RAF paramedic and prominent campaigner for mental wellbeing. It will also feature extensive talks from professionals in the London Fire Brigade, Anna Stec, who is Professor in Fire Chemistry and Toxicity at UCLan and James Lewis of South Western Ambulance.
There is also a networking hub present at the show in the form of the Collaboration Zone, which will be featuring over 80 emergency services, voluntary groups, charities and NGO’s detailing the support they offer. Some of the organisations set to feature include the Christian Ambulance Association, Railway Mission, Response Pastors, The Fire Fighters Charity and UK Firefighters Sailing Challenge.
The event is also excited to launch the brand new Future Policing Zone; an area showcasing organisations such as Oscar Kilo, Police Care UK, Surfwell – Devon & Cornwall, Dorset Police and Service Dogs UK. All of these organisations will be providing key information on best practice, research and guidance to help shape the wellbeing agenda and encourage collaboration.
Visitors can also find out about a digital workplace platform called 87% that has helped tens of thousands of frontline workers to build mental fitness throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The platform has been used by NHS Practitioner Health, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, Air Ambulances UK, the London Ambulance Service and Police Scotland.
Ahead of the event, David Brown, Event Director at The Emergency Services Show, explained, “Employees of blue light services are at greatest risk of experiencing mental health issues and yet among the least likely to deal with them. A recent survey also showed 69% of emergency responders feel their mental health has deteriorated during the pandemic. Improving wellbeing makes frontline working safer, more effective and more rewarding, so we must now make it a priority to build resilience in our emergency services.”
The show is free-to-attend and will be based in Hall 5 and the outside area at the NEC. For the first time in it’s history, it will be co-located with not only The Health & Safety Event but also a number of other shows including the Safety & Security Event Series, The Fire Safety Event, The Security Event, The Facilities Event and newly launched National Cyber Security Show. It is therefore the UK’s largest event dedicated to the protection of people, places and assets.
The NEC Venue Protect programme ensures all participants in The Emergency Services Show enjoy a COVID-safe and secure visit with comprehensive social distancing measures and enhanced cleaning and sanitisation.
Parking at the NEC for show visitors is free. Register in advance for free entry to all six events with a single pass at: www.emergencyuk.com