The team at Reach and Rescue had an amazing time exhibiting the latest innovative water rescue equipment at this year’s Emergency Services Show 2019. The event took place at the NEC in Birmingham on the 18th and 19th of September and was visited by over 8,000 emergency services personnel – fire and rescue services, police and ambulance first responders, plus a wealth of search and rescue volunteers were in attendance and keen to see our innovative rescue products first-hand.
We’ve uploaded some great pictures from the event to our Facebook page – have a look and see if you can spot yourself. Don’t forget to tag yourself! Here's the link: ESS2019 Photo Album.
NEW REACH AND RESCUE PRODUCTS STEALING THE SHOW
Once again, Portsafe was undoubtedly the main attraction at our exhibition stand. As Portsafe is the World’s first public access water rescue system, most visitors to our stand hadn’t seen anything like it before.
Developed in response to repeated reports of vandalism with existing water rescue systems, Portsafe securely houses a long-reach telescopic rescue pole, an emergency throwline or a combination of both inside lockable boxes that are accessible via a code granted by quoting the Portsafe location number when dialling 999.
It is intended to give members of the public and the emergency services crucial opportunity to conduct rescues by giving them permanent access to effective rescue equipment thereby minimising the danger posed to the rescuer whilst also boosting casualty survival chances.
The latest iteration of the Reach and Rescue pole drew loads of visitors to the stand too. Constructed of extremely light but rigid carbon fibre, with easy to operate transverse clips on poles that reach further than anything we’ve manufactured before, the incoming model certainly generated a buzz. Feedback on the new design was extremely positive and we can’t wait to officially launch the product. Information will be available in the coming weeks so watch this space.
THROWLINE CHALLENGE CONTINUES
Our colleagues at the RNLI were demonstrating proper throwline technique with our throwbags at their stand all event. We joined forces with the RNLI, and together with Commercial Manager Helen Bowker from the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), Jamie from Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and – of course – ‘Throwbag’ Tommy Richardson himself, we’ve restarted the throwline challenge.
— Reach and Rescue Ltd (@ReachandRescue) September 19, 2019
The hope is that recommencing the throwline challenge will provide a precursor to extensive throwline training and drowning prevention education in the coming months. For one, the RLSS UK are urging commercial venues and nighttime spots to train frontline staff in the charity’s certificated Water Rescue Equipment Training (WRET). The training positions well trained community responders to act should an individual fall into the water and a portion of the course covers practice using an emergency throwline.