Emergency Services Show

December 30, 2016 in General

The Emergency Fire and Rescue Unit (EFRU) travelled to the United Kingdom, from the 21st to the 25th of September 2016, to visit the Annual Emergency Services Show and also to chair the 4th transnational meeting amongst Project Partners involved in the ERASMUS+ Project – Synergising European Volunteer Rescue Teams; a meeting set to give the necessary updates on the progress of work carried out on the Rescue Manual, and set the plan of action for the remaining part of the project.

On the 21st and 22nd of September the EFRU members visited the Show at the NEC, in Birmingham. This kind of EXPO, which focuses on equipment and techniques used in emergencies, gives the opportunity to individuals working in the sector and volunteers like us, to get to know, meet and discuss with over four hundred different suppliers that focus in various emergency-specific fields, such as; search and rescue equipment, vehicles and vehicular equipment systems, personal protective equipment (PPE) and uniforms, communications and IT equipment, first response equipment, hazardous material equipment, medical equipment, training equipment and much more.

This year, a total of nine (9) members from the EFRU visited the Emergency Services Show. To maximise the time spent there, the EFRU delegates focused on the collection of information, catalogues and contact details of different suppliers related to various but specific fields of relevance to EFRU, including communications, uniforms, PPE, emergency vehicles and networking.

Following the show, the EFRU volunteers travelled to Salisbury where they also chaired an intensive transnational meeting amongst six countries that are participating in the Erasmus + KA2 Strategic Partnership project for which funds have been secured by the EFRU back in 2015.The program for this project shall see the compilation of a rescue manual intended for the volunteer team members of EVOLSAR (The European Association Of Civil Protection Volunteer Teams), to be launched in May 2017.

Katya Sammut
EFRU Rescuer