The IVR attends Emergency Services Show

The IVR attended the Emergency Services Show for the first time this year at Birmingham NEC in September.  This event happens yearly, and attracts nearly 9 thousand visitors and over 450 suppliers each time.

It was decided that this year the IVR were well placed to attend, IVR Chairman Chris Hoare  explains ‘With a membership of Vehicle Recovery Operators (VROs,) who attend road traffic collisions (RTCs) daily, the recovery industry and emergency services cross paths every day. Many of our modular courses support our industry when working alongside the emergency services and other agencies, but some modules were requested and designed specifically for the emergency services and traffic officers such as VR30 Police Compound Supervisor and VR31 Clearing Overturned Vehicles. Our light and heavy vehicle recovery equipment/machinery modules have also been attended by some emergency services staff. The VR27 Electric Vehicle and Hybrid Awareness course is attracting attention outside of our industry, for those who need to safely move EV vehicles. It is this crossover and collaborative working that have brought us to the show’.

Chris continues ‘It is imperative that technicians and VROs be properly trained. Working effectively with the emergency services and other agencies ensures the correct manoeuvres take place in the best sequence, without disturbing relevant evidence, whilst protecting people and property at major incidents and RTCs’, This is what IVR’s VR21 incident manager course provides and the VR19 Preservation of Evidence module, developed in association with the Metropolitan Police, shows how to recover vehicles without contaminating the vital evidence.

The Emergency Services Show gave the IVR a chance to show how their training modules have been designed to train VRO’s to competently work with the emergency services having the correct knowledge and confidence to provide the specified service required.

It was a great show, and we hope to attend again in the future.