Recent events, such as the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the upcoming 2012 Olympics, are opening the discussion once again around the importance of interoperability within the blue light services. Interoperability, although not a new term, has become particularly prominent recently following discussions in late 2011 that brought together professionals from the fire and rescue, ambulance and police services.

As part of the recently announced funding for the Government's localised projects to improve national resilience, 44 fire and rescue services throughout England put forward plans for future collaboration with another fire and rescue or emergency authority. Bringing the focus back to local communities and local accountability, rather than requiring firefighters to reach targets set by central government, represents a new challenge for fire and rescue services. Knowledge and understanding of each other's systems, including use and procurement of equipment, communications and training exercises paves the way for improved collaboration between the blue light services.

The Emergency Services Show 2012 is the ideal place to explore new ideas and initiatives in delivering efficient and effective emergency planning, as well as networking with like-minded professionals to discuss collaboration, ideas and initiatives focused on improving public safety.

With over 4400 visitors attending last year's event, The Emergency Services Show 2012 will be the key event for anyone involved in emergency planning, response or recovery, both in the UK and abroad. This year, the event will take place on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd November at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry.

Who can attend?

This unique event brings together everyone involved in public safety and emergency situations. Every year emergency and resilience professionals with a role in operations, procurement, training, recruitment, emergency planning and business continuity attend.

Commenting on last year's exhibition, Nigel Dilley DO (Ops) East Area Command Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, said, "An excellent show, well worth a visit by all who are working in, or have an interest in, the emergency services. This was my first visit to the show and I will definitely be booking a place for 2012."

Dave Bonner, London Fire Brigade, said, "All of the right people in one place."

The Emergency Services Show is organised by Broden Media Limited, the publishers of Emergency Services Times magazine. David Brown, Joint Managing Director at Broden Media, said, "This year the UK will be experiencing some really exciting events nationwide. However, these will need to be planned effectively by all of those involved and professionals and associated agencies will need to communicate with one another for events to run smoothly.

"The Emergency Services Show offers the unique opportunity for emergency services personnel to meet and share ideas and initiatives, discover ways of sharing resources and looks, ultimately, to find better ways of implementing high quality services and continuing to save lives."

Endless opportunities

This year, The Emergency Services Show 2012 will be showcasing the latest technology, ideas and initiatives focused on improving public safety and protecting the environment and the Critical National Infrastructure.

The exhibition will feature three indoor halls and an outdoor exhibition area giving visitors the chance to meet specialist product and service suppliers. There will also be plenty of product launches at the show and a chance for visitors to look at budget savings.

Over 400 exhibitors attended last year's show and with just under six months to go, 300 exhibitors have already confirmed to attend this year's exhibition, offering visitors the chance to view the latest security equipment and services from a range of leading companies. Some of the market leaders on display at this year's exhibition will be: Bristol Uniforms, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, Volvo Trucks, Draegar, Angus Fire, Vimpex, Scott Safety, Fire Service College, TEEX and Motorola, to name but a few.

The products and services on display include: first response equipment, communications and IT, security equipment and services, personal protective equipment, station equipment, training and education, vehicles and vehicle equipment, business continuity resources. Many exhibitors will also be carrying out a number of live demonstrations throughout the two days.

The show's Emergency Response Zone will once again feature exhibitors from fire and rescue, police, ambulance, government and voluntary organisations from around the UK. This area demonstrates to visitors the capabilities of partnering agencies and the voluntary sector.

Live demonstrations at the show will also provide a unique opportunity to see the latest equipment in action - in 2011 the show featured a public order water cannon from the Police Service of Northern Ireland. Expect more surprises at this year's show!

To register for your free visitor pass or to learn more about attending The Emergency Services Show 2012, please visit