An Open Day for Incident Live 2012, held at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire on October 27th, was met with enthusiasm by VIP visitors and exhibitors.

Incident Live, organised by FIRE publisher Pavilion Publishing, will be a unique, dynamic exhibition that will feature all the emergency services and partner agencies testing vehicles and equipment. The hands-on demonstrations will take place at the proving ground on June 12-13, 2012.

VIP guests were shown around the prestigious test grounds and given an insight into some of the live-action events that will be taking place. Event Director Tony Greville said: "The feedback we received was excellent with potential exhibitors saying they were really excited about the unique opportunities provided by this event. The VIP guests were also very enthusiastic about the chance to test equipment."

Sales Director Bill Sherry said that exhibitors and guests were surprised by the range of testing opportunities available. "They realised that there would be ride and drive facilities available at the world class providing ground, but were also pleased to hear that there will be plenty of scope to test the full range of emergency services equipment."

The free-to-attend Incident Live 2012 will enable operators from all of the emergency services and related agencies, including military personnel, to personally experience and test drive new vehicles and operate frontline equipment.

From driving the latest fast response vehicles to witnessing advanced new cutting tools, right through to simulated real-life disasters, emergency responders will be able to test latest technology and compare the full range of life-saving equipment. Heralding a new and invigorating way of exhibiting, Incident Live will immediately set new standards of experiential learning and knowledge sharing within our sector.

The emergency services in the UK are coming under increasing pressure to deliver world class levels of operational delivery whilst at the same time coming under severe budgetary pressure. Taking advantage of new technologies and products is one way in which that issue can be solved. Making the right product choice, however, is a complex and difficult task. Exhibitions are a good way to examine new products that could lead to increases in operational capacity and delivery whilst also having the chance to share experiences with colleagues and interact in regard to the best possible solutions.

One thing has always been missing from the current standard exhibitions though - the ability of users to experience and assess first-hand the operational capability of new kit - until now that is. Incident Live 2012 will provide a unique opportunity for emergency service personnel to test and gain valuable insight into latest equipment performance standards.

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Posted October 28th, 2011 at 1520 by Andrew. Comment by emailing: