The Emergency Services Show

The Emergency Services Show returns to Hall 5 in the NEC, Birmingham on 19 and 20 September. Vehicle and vehicle equipment suppliers are prominent among more than 450 organisations exhibiting at the UK’s biggest emergency services event. The show is the perfect place to research the latest innovations, products and services for anyone responsible for specifying and procuring vehicles and fleet equipment for the emergency services and allied organisations.

As mobile technology becomes ever more important to the emergency services, connected vehicles of all types are set to be a major feature of the show this year. The Connected Vehicles Zone will showcase a wide range of vehicles and the diverse technologies in use for mobile data, communications and control.

Excelerate, Carnation Design and Premier Communications will again be showing the latest advanced communications equipment for vehicle installation. Exhibitors RAM Mount, Havis and Gamber Johnson offer the latest laptop and mobile device docking stations for vehicle use.

Following the launch of its demountable MultiPod + system for pick-up vehicles with the Cobra high pressure lance-based firefighting system. Primetech is also due to launch a new vehicle this year.

EVP, Emergency Vehicle Products, will show its new demonstration van featuring HAVIS docking station, Magnetic mic, LED message sign, seat heater and Command Light scene light tower. Visitors can try and test these products on the stand.

The show also features providers of all types of in and on-vehicle ancillary equipment including lightbars; vehicle livery; battery management; driver training and more. Code 3 and RSG will be highlighting their latest lightbar ranges for police, fire, ambulance and amber light services. Code 3 is expected to launch new products using the latest connected vehicle technologies such as low current lighting.

Emergency and rescue vehicles of virtually every type, including fire appliances, ambulances, fleet cars, motorbikes, boats and UAVs or drones will be on display throughout the indoor and outdoor exhibition areas. Among vehicle leasing specialists will be DLL, a subsidiary of Rabobank.

International Ambulances is set to unveil its advanced ACESO ambulance prototype. The ground-breaking ACESO features a wealth of vehicle and ambulance innovations to enable paramedics to deliver better patient outcomes. Designed around the paramedic, rather than conventional commercial vehicle architecture, its superior specification provides improved comfort, ergonomics, safety and hygiene. The design and technology offers a level of flexibility and future proofing for equipment and features. Its integrated communications and connectivity capability provides paramedics with the support they need for mobile diagnosis and treatment, enabling them to “see, treat and refer” patients where they are. All the right information is shared rapidly to support safe and effective decision making within urgent and emergency care, and the wider healthcare community.

Leading vehicle suppliers at the show include BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, Jemca Toyota, Volvo Emergency Services Cars and Volvo Trucks as well as a wide range of chassis manufacturers and specialist vehicle converters.

BMW is expected to show a strong line up of electric and hybrid range extender vehicles for emergency service applications including the BMW i3 94Ah AC REx (Range Extender) and its C evolution electric motor bike. The i3 94Ah AC Rex is an electrically propelled vehicle with a 649cc petrol engine that generates electricity to charge the vehicle propulsion battery. The 94Ah model gives drivers the ability to travel up to 125 miles on a single charge and 206 miles with the range extender.

The BMW C evolution electric motor bike has zero emissions, is highly accelerative and extremely quiet. The electric drive in the C evolution offers a spontaneous and very direct power transmission. There is no delay in the build-up of torque. With a peak output of 35 kW (48 bhp) and 72 Nm of torque at the "crankshaft" in theoretical terms, it produces a torque of almost 600 Nm at the rear wheel. The acceleration figure from 0 to 50 km/h is 2.8 seconds.

The energy storage device in the BMW C evolution consists of three modules, each of which has twelve lithium-ion battery cells. Thanks to the battery modules of the latest generation with 94 Ah, the range of the C evolution is now up to 160 kilometres. Entirely waterproof, the battery casing is made of die-cast aluminium and houses the entire electronic control and charging system. It is both a supporting chassis part and a crash protector for the lithium-ion battery module.

The battery in the BMW C evolution is charged using the integrated charging device - either at a regular power socket or at a charging station. The charging plug socket on the vehicle is compatible with the car plug type 1. The standard charger cable has the appropriate national plug to fit a standard mains sockets. Alternatively, it is possible to use a Mode 3 charger cable so as to be able to use public charging stations or wallboxes. This provides access to 16 A current for faster charging. The short charging times are especially practical for emergency service use, as is the new Silent Charge mode, which makes charging slightly longer but much quieter.

Rosenbauer, Emergency One and Volvo Trucks are both expected to bring their latest fire appliances to the show. Angloco will demonstrate its ladder and other fire fighter vehicles in the Outside Area. Among the many ambulance suppliers exhibiting this year are AMZ Vehicles, BAUS and WAS UK. Alfa Dropbox will again showcase its ground-level loading ambulances. O&H Vehicle Conversions has announced it will launch a new vehicle at the Emergency Services Show.

WAS is expected to highlight its latest VW Crafter and lightweight Fiat ambulance designs. The WAS VW Crafter based ambulance is available in many different versions of weight classes, motors, manual and automatic gear and chassis facilitate the adaptation of the base vehicle to customers’ requirements. The new integrated WAS Design warning light bar is available for the VW Crafter only, for the time being. The improved visibility from the front and from the side lays the foundation for the new WAS box body design. The light bar can be adapted to all box body widths and heights.

Alternatively, the WAS Fiat lightweight modular box A&E vehicle offers a perfect solution to the restrictions of a panel van. The vehicle has 20 per cent more interior workspace than a panel van but the gross vehicle weight is 6.5 per cent lighter, which improves fuel economy and enables bariatric capability with a pay load of 850kg.

WAS will also highlight its latest lithium battery technology which offers up to 100kg weight saving compared to the current GEL and AGM solutions, offer demonstrable fuel and emissions savings. The lithium battery also lasts ten times longer than conventional lead acid set up and charges ten times quicker. Its compact plug & play design offers a space saving advantage and the batteries are fully configurable to meet the power needs of a frontline ambulance. The individual lithium tubes are easy to replace and fully recyclable.

WAS has also recently announced its E-Concept designed to address the issue of whether electric power is a suitable alternative for larger response vehicles with weights of up to five tonnes. The pilot project is not yet intended to develop a prototype that is ready for use; but does aim to move ideas forward and set development in motion.

For anyone questioning how ambulance design has advanced over the years, the National Emergency Services Museum based in Sheffield will be displaying a 100-year old WW1 Ford Model T ambulance. The museum is currently fund raining in order to acquire the vehicle for permanent display.

Zenith Hygiene, Mangar Health, Chemex and Nielsen Chemicals are among companies offering cleaning and infection control services for ambulance fleets, which free up valuable paramedic time and skills to enable them to concentrate on core medical emergency tasks.

New exhibitor Horton Motorcycles offers the latest range of two-wheel and quad bikes. Honda UK returns to the outside area to showcase its comprehensive range of vehicles and equipment for emergency service use.

Adapted Vehicle Hire will showcase its range of wheelchair accessible vehicles, as well as adapted cars of all sizes with left foot accelerator and hand control options. Allied Fleet will be promoting its adapted and special purpose vehicles for social transport and non-emergency ambulance use.

Returning for 2018 after their successful introduction at last year’s show, the Extrication and First Aid & Trauma Challenges will provide an arena for some of the UK’s best rescue personnel to come together and develop their proficiency levels in all areas of Road Traffic Collision rescue. Best safe working practices will be promoted in the areas of incident command and control, safety and scene assessment, extrication, professional pre-hospital care and expert use of rescue equipment.

Hosted by West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) and judged by UKRO, the Extrication Challenge will take place live on the exhibition floor enabling visitors to get up close to the action. Competing teams from UK fire and rescue services will carry out extrications from simulated crash scenes. In the First Aid & Trauma Challenge, competing teams will experience visual and audio from an incident that has been set up and filmed specifically for the scenario, which takes place in an Educational Immersive Tent.

The NEC is linked to Birmingham International Station and Birmingham Airport and is directly accessible from the UK motorway network. To register for free entry visit