Over 260 exhibitors from Italy and 21 other countries at REAS 2023
The REAS 2023 international exhibition, the major annual event for the emergency, civil protection, first aid and firefighting sectors, is growing
The 22nd edition, which will take place from 6 to 8 October at the Montichiari Exhibition Centre (Brescia), will see an increase in the participation of organisations, companies and associations from all over the world: there will be more than 265 exhibitors (+10% compared to the 2022 edition), from Italy and 21 other countries (19 in 2022), including Germany, France, Spain, Poland, Croatia, Great Britain, Latvia, Lithuania, the United States, China and South Korea. The exhibition will cover a total exhibition area of more than 33,000 square metres and will occupy the eight pavilions of the exhibition centre. More than 50 conferences and side events are also planned (20 in 2022).
“All the activities and initiatives dedicated to the rescue and civil protection sector are very important, especially to cope with the many emergencies that unfortunately occur more and more often in our country” said Attilio Fontana, President of the Lombardy Region, at the press conference today at Palazzo Pirelli in Milan. “Therefore, an event like REAS is welcome, as it allows us to present all the innovative products in this sector at an international level and also to improve the training of volunteers. The REAS exhibition is therefore to be supported, not only for the needs in the emergency sector in Lombardy, but also for the whole of Italy”, he says.
“We are pleased to record these clearly growing numbers” emphasised Gianantonio Rosa, President of the Montichiari Exhibition Centre, in turn. “Emergency prevention and management activities are essential for the safety of our communities. REAS 2023 confirms itself as the reference trade fair for companies that develop technologies and services with the aim of improving intervention standards“.
REAS 2023 will be showcasing all the latest technological innovations in this sector, such as new products and equipment for first aiders, special vehicles for emergency and fire-fighting, electronic systems and drones for natural disaster response, and also aids for people with disabilities. At the same time, an extensive programme of conferences, seminars and workshops is planned over the three days of the exhibition, offering visitors an important opportunity for training and professional development. Among the numerous events on the programme, there will be a conference on ‘Mutual aid between municipalities in emergencies’ organised by the National Association of Italian Municipalities (ANCI), the conference entitled ‘People at the centre: the social and health aspects in emergencies’ promoted by the Italian Red Cross, the conference on ‘The Elisoccorso resource in the Lombardy Emergency Rescue System’ promoted by the Lombardy Regional Emergency Rescue Agency (AREU), and the AIB round table on the latest ‘Forest Firefighting Campaign in Italy’. New this year will be the ‘FireFit Championships Europe’, a European competition reserved for firefighters and volunteers in the firefighting sector.
Other conferences at REAS 2023 will focus on the use of helicopters for search and rescue, the use of drones in fire-fighting missions, the presentation of the map of Italy’s 1,500 airports and airfields available for emergency flights, mountain rescue operations, portable field lighting systems in critical scenarios, seismic risk in industrial plants, and the health and psychological approach in the event of emergencies or terrorist attacks. The new master’s degree course on ‘Crisis & Disaster Management’ at Milan’s Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore will also be presented. There will also be an exercise with the simulation of a road accident rescue organised by the AREU of the Lombardy Region. Finally, the prize-giving ceremonies for the “REAS Photo Contest” on the theme of “Emergency Management: the value of teamwork”, the “Giuseppe Zamberletti Trophy” on fire-fighting and civil protection, and the “Driver of the Year Trophy” for emergency vehicle drivers are also confirmed.
REAS is organised by the Exhibition Centre in Montichiari (BS) in partnership with Hannover Fairs International GmbH, organiser of ‘Interschutz’, the world’s leading specialist trade fair held every four years in Hannover (Germany). Admission is free and open to all, subject to online registration on the event’s website.