The annual Emergency Services Show was held at the NEC Birmingham on 20th-21st September
This year the SLSGB SAR Teams presence at the event included a stand in the main hall and powerboat displays on the lake run by our flood rescue teams.
In a busy two days alongside the rest of the UK search and rescue services, including Mountain Rescue, Skywatch and The Coastguard, our display demonstrated the Arancia boats used by both our Inshore Lifeboat patrols and our flood rescue teams. Also on show was the new Saviour Tactical Stretcher. This will now become part of future lifeguard patient care and was the prototype for the new flood evacuation stretcher, designed from feed back by SLSGB Floodfighters!
On the water at the NEC lake (thanks to David Lane) the SLSGB Flood Teams from Cornwall , Devon, York and Wessex were confronted with a ditched small aircraft from which stranded victims needed to be rescued. With smoke bombs and screams for help, our teams lead by John Paton, went to work undertaking technical water rescue accompanied by an excellent commentary from Nigel Bowden. It didn’t end there! The team also demonstrated victim phased rescue using different tactical stretchers.
Using the Saunton Sands Arancia and the new FRB400 IRB flood boat with Sam Baily showing off the R1 Connector boat, the displays were watched by an enthusiastic and very engaged crowd of well informed ES spectators. This in turn led to the stand being extremely busy with many technical questions fired at the SLSB SAR Team about our training, IRB work and the rescue equipment used.
Particular thanks to all the SLSGB volunteers who helped us make such an impact.