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Ruth Lee Innovations at the Emergency Services Show

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21-22 September at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham

It's that time of year again when the Summer holidays are already a distant memory, the kids are back to school and the roads are as busy as they ever were. That means it's time for the Emergency Services Show, when the industry gets together to renew old acquaintances, exchange news and stories from the year gone by, and when suppliers proudly present their new wares.

Ruth Lee is no exception, and some of our team will be present to show a selection of the new products and innovations we have been developing and selling over the last 12 months or so. We really look forward to getting feedback from existing customers and meeting new ones. We have invested in new materials for our manikins and have expanded our range to make your training as realistic and as effective as possible.

We suspect that almost every firefighter in the UK knows the Ruth Lee 'Drill Dummy'. If so, you will be well acquainted with how realistic they 'handle' in training scenarios, but what you may not know, is that we now make our manikins with the same flame retardant fabric used in police stab/ballistic vests. This means that our manikins are tougher and even more durable than ever before.

Another innovation is our working-at-height manikin, which will thrill FRS Technical rescue teams and working-at-height specialists. We use closed cell foam technology in the trunk area to provide extra rigidity, and reduce 'slumping' when using a rescue harness. Tough polypropylene strips extend from the shoulders to the knees, to prevent excessive flexing when used aloft.

"It's so much more realistic!

is the enthusiastic response of new customers up and down the country.

Equally, first responders and HART teams are loving our new full bodied Airway Management manikin! The medical torso includes all anatomical landmarks and accepts an igel® supraglottic airway device. This manikin is tough enough to be trapped under a heavy object and can easily be positioned in RTCs, confined spaces, or other real life scenarios that firefighters and paramedics deal with every day.

Also on display on our stand will be our new Ligature Training manikin, which has been developed as a solution to help the many professionals who deal with suicides on a regular basis. Training to demonstrate safe and sensitive release techniques is essential. We believe that staff from NHS trusts, prisons, care homes and mental health facilities will see the value of having our newest manikin available to them as part of their respective training programmes.

The EMS show also gives us the opportunity to discuss new product concepts which are still under development. We would be happy to share our thoughts with you on bariatric and animal rescue manikins or about bespoke bags. Whatever your ideas, we'd love to hear them!

Of course, there is more to Ruth Lee than manikins! We are the official UK distributor for the Fireware range of fire simulation products, and the feedback we have received at demonstrations we have been conducting across the country, has been hugely positive. Products include PPV trainers, highly effective smoke machines (battery or mains powered), extinguisher and flashover trainers. To make training environments even more realistic we can further stimulate the senses with explosion simulators and chemical smell sprays.

Come and see us on our stand (G74 Hall 5). We'd love to see you!

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