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The Emergency Services Show 2011 will take place on November 23-24 at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry Natural disasters, terrorist attacks and the impending 2012 Olympics are just some of the events that place a strain on fire and rescue services throughout the UK. As fire and rescue funding continues to be slashed, pressure remains for these organisations to make significant savings but at the same time deliver a high quality service for the communities in which they work. To help this sector cope with this markedly different environment and overcome the challenges of the future, close working relationships with partners is vital. Networking and collaboration with suppliers, colleagues and contemporaries is and will continue to be, an essential part of ensuring an emergency is dealt with as efficiently and effectively as possible; The Emergency Services Show and Conference 2011, facilitates the necessary communication by bringing together everyone involved in emergency situations. With over 380 exhibitors and approximately 4,000 visitors attending the successful show last year, the Emergency Services Show and Conference 2011 is the key event for anyone involved in emergency planning, response or recovery, both in the UK and abroad. This year’s show and conference will be taking place on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th November at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry. Operations managers, emergency planning officers, chief fire officers and watch managers are just some of the roles within the fire and rescue sector that will benefit from attending. Visitors to the exhibition can discover the latest fire and rescue equipments and services from a range of leading companies. Among those organisations already confirmed to attend this year’s exhibition are: WH Bence, TEEX, BMW, Godiva, Bristol Uniforms, Cosalt, Angloco, Angus Fire and North Fire. The products and services on display include: fire and rescue equipment and services, personal protective equipment, communications and IT, first response equipment, station equipment, training and education, vehicles and vehicle equipment, medical equipment, business continuity and outsourcing. Many exhibitors will also be carrying out a number of live demonstrations throughout the two days. At a time when budgets are being squeezed, this FREE to attend exhibition provides the perfect opportunity for visitors to research methods of ‘doing more with less’ funds. Visitors will be able to speak to exhibitors about how they may operate more effectively and efficiently, thereby resulting in the highly desirable outcome of “more for less”. David Brown, Show Organiser, Emergency Services (MMC) Ltd, comments: “In these uncertain times it is more important than ever for all emergency professionals and associated agencies to communicate with one another, this may allow resources to be shared and budgets to be maximised. The Emergency Services Show offers the unique opportunity to meet with specialist equipment and service suppliers from the UK and abroad to facilitate mutually beneficial buying arrangements and discuss new important innovations and products.” David continues: “As well as allowing exhibitors to showcase their latest products and services, the exhibition provides an ideal way for professionals to discuss co-operation, ideas and initiatives and learn from each other in preparation for major events taking place over the coming years or prepare for the unexpected. “Furthermore in light of the Government’s response to the independent review of the fire and rescue service in England, the reviews objective’s - bringing back a focus on local communities and local accountability, rather than a requirement for fire-fighters to reach targets set by central government – can be facilitated at the show by networking and sharing best practice with industry peers.” There will be approximately 100 end users exhibiting within the Emergency Response Zone. This zone (essential for operational staff and emergency planning officers) is made up of Category 1 and 2 Responders, Professional, Government and Voluntary organisations, and hence offers perfect networking opportunities to affiliated organisations. There is also a dedicated UK Search and Rescue (SAR) Zone. The show’s high profile conference is delivered in tandem with the exhibition and this year will facilitate professionals to discuss the latest industry news, developments and strategic advances, as well as hearing about lessons learnt and new initiatives affecting them. The programme is set to offer delegates an informative couple of days both for personal development and their organisations.
HFRS firefighters utilising Godiva equipment in a CAFS fire trial New trial application impresses firefighters Humberside Fire and Rescue Service recently organised three full scale domestic fire scenes to test the effect of Godiva Compressed Air Foam Systems (CAFS) on fire investigation procedures, and especially the detection of different types of accelerant. Three full scale scenes were set in derelict housing to realistically simulate typical domestic fire scenarios and a CAFS-trained fire crew attacked the resulting fires. From the start Humberside personnel were greatly impressed by the speed of the fire knockdown, Group Manager Stuart Spence commented: "Two of the scenes went to fully developed fires; all those who were present were extremely impressed in the effectiveness of CAFS with its speed of knock down." CAFS also proved it should not interfere with fire investigation procedures: "CAFS appears not to affect Fire Investigation activities as canine detectors were able to identify the accelerant in all 3 scenes (white spirit, petrol & commercial thinners), scene of crime officers were able to recover debris (awaiting laboratory analysis) and D.I.M portable accelerant units showed detection (to be analysed)." Watch Manager Dave Lazenby (HFRS Training) stated that he was "very impressed by CAFS in 3 very real situations. The first fire started with white spirit was quite small and didn't develop too much so was simple to extinguish. The second involved petrol, the flames were coming out of the bedroom and licking onto the landing - 4 short bursts and we were then in damping down mode! The fire had reached the roof space slightly, we found the short probe to be very effective for damping down here. We were piercing the plasterboard ceiling with ease." "The third fire was a living room, this was allowed to burn for quite a while so we had another good job to deal with. Again CAFS knocked it down in no time, and we were just damping down. Including the initial proving of foam outside we used 204 litres of water for this third job (the largest)." This is CAFS proving its value - a highly creditable endorsement from a fire professional. There are several unique aspects of compressed air foam that make it a winner for the fire fighter: The solution has less surface tension than water or foam/water, allowing it to smother the fire quicker The mixture makes for far lighter hoses - a great advantage for fire fighters, making for more efficient operation The mixture has better projection capabilities allowing fire fighters to keep a safe distance from the fire source Improved water efficiency means less property damage and water run-off Compressed air foam systems are a speciality of Godiva, who have been perfecting the technology for a number of years and are now recognised as a world leader for this advanced form of fire fighting. This is confirmed by an increasing number of UK fire services taking a CAFS unit on board their main appliances - up to 25% of UK brigades now use Godiva CAFS.
Godiva will focus on its Prima product range at Fire & Rescue 2009 Leading UK manufacturer to display new products at event The 2009 UK Fire and Rescue show will be held at the NEC, Birmingham, and once again Godiva will be displaying their latest fire fighting products (stand T35). This year the company will focus on the Godiva Prima vehicle mounted pump, a pump that is already in service with several UK fire brigades. The Prima is the result of continuous technical developments and consultation with frontline fire fighters. Various configurations of the Prima pump will be on display including the Prima SmartCAFS. The Godiva sales team will be on hand to discuss your fire pump requirements. For further information, please click here.