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Proud Supporters of SAFE (Europe) Symposium and Exhibition, 3-5th April

The 24th Annual SAFE (Europe) Symposium and Exhibition will take place in Zeist, Netherlands, 3-5th April. As a Company, we are involved in the planning and running of the Symposium and are proud to be part of this important annual event.

member of SAFE

This Symposium and exhibition provides an excellent forum for the exchange of information between Industry, Government Procurement agencies and Research Establishments in the field of Survival and Flight Equipment for both Military and Civil applications. SAFE has the fundamental aim of encouraging safety and survival through technical excellence by encouraging and stimulating dialogue between professional agencies, specialist equipment producers and the worldwide user community. For any other information about SAFE Europe or the Symposium please email

SES safely parachutes Nampak Infini recycled milk bottles in trailer 

SES’s design & engineering capability at times sees us engaged in some interesting applications of our escape systems and survival equipment. We often find ourselves approached by production teams and film crews to support an array of bespoke manufacturing applications. The advert to demonstrate Namkpak Plastics Infini recycled milk bottle strength from 2012 is just one example. 

Benefitting from the expertise of our parachute expert Del Hall designed and manufactured the parachutes that saw the Infini bottles being safely parachuted to the ground from an Augusto Helicopter.  This innovative and lightweight range of high density polyethylene (HDPE) milk bottles contains upto 20% less material than a standard bottle and up to 30% recycled HDPE and as we can clearly see strength is not compromised. Del Hall, Director of Survival Equipment Services commented, ‘We were thrilled to be part of this project and given this opportunity to utilise our design skills in such an innovative way”.  

A link to this trailer is attached below.

SES supports local Scrap Heap Challenge to power light for homework

Managing Director Del Hall supported the JOLE RIDER Scrap Heap Challenge for sixth formers from across Gloucestershire last week, who were challenged to compete an engineering bike related task with an African theme.  Inspired by a young Malawian school student William Kamkwamba, the five teams of sixth formers were tasked to design and build a way of generating light using a bicycle mounted on a baseboard.  Based on this real-life issue the task was to demonstrate a workable design to enable a workstation mounted on their bikes to be lit through bicycle power enabling home-study.

As support to this challenge Del Hall worked alongside members of JOLE RIDER and The James Dyson Foundation, supporting students with this task throughout the day and as a member of the overall judging panel.

Del with dyson

Teams presented their prototypes and were judged on their overall achievement of the brief, decision-making and design & workmanship. As a Design Engineer, Del Hall was proud to support this initiative which was to engage and excite the next generation of creative and socially aware Engineers.

This challenge, which was founded on the popular TV programme “SCRAP HEAP CHALLENGE” for use of materials and inspired by African student William Kamkwamba. It was pioneered by engineers from Network Rail and was conceived by JOLE RIDER based in Tetbury who for the past 10 years have been delivering reconditioned bicycles to schools in Africa. All teams demonstrated superb technical knowledge and the design and commitment to turn this brief into reality.

For more information about this challenge

Lightweight, compact stretcher aids casualties in military combat

One of the most lightweight, compact stretchers in the emergency & rescue industry has been put to full test whilst being used in full military combat for French Special Forces. The Micro-Stretcher was used successfully coming to the aid of casualties in the field, aiding quick and effective onwards care.

Designed and developed by Survival & Personal Safety Equipment Manufacturer SES, the company’s latest extension to its safety equipment range alongside life jackets, life rafts and personal survival packs, this rigid yet compact stretcher offers spinal support and ease of transportation over the roughest of terrains. Just under 2 metres long the Micro-Stretcher collapses into a compact ‘laptop-sized bag’ for use by ground personnel or storing in a vehicle. Developed from carbon fibre rods it is encased in a hard-wearing, easy to clean mesh netting frame of a choice of webbing colours to suit its application – military or emergency. 

The Micro-Stretcher practically assembles itself in seconds after opening and comprises of 6 sections to aid its compact design. It has been tested to withstand up to 311kg* in weight equivalent to 3.5 times the average male in the UK but weighs just 4.5kg in its carry bag.

The casualty can be held firmly in place with four colour coded restraining straps, over body straps and a removable head pad with associated chin or head strap. It comes complete with a choice of 4 or 6 carry straps for ease of transportation across rough terrain for a safe and effective rescue from the most challenging environments.


SES’s Micro-Stretcher application by the French Special Forces is via their European Distributor, Wescue in Sweden who specialize in rescue service and military equipment.

Del Hall, Managing Director is excited about all the applications for this lightweight and compact stretcher which has also been trialled by the SAS and purchased by Flying Pictures, world leaders in aerial film, Fire & Rescue services in Korea and by US Embassy in Cambodia. Del said, “applications for the Micro-Stretcher are so wide-spread, it is so light weight and compact and even fits nicely into a medical backpack, packed into a vehicle and can even be winched by helicopter”. The Micro Stretcher is part of the Fibrelight developments product range, Patent no. PN810172GB Patent Application no. PN810172EP Patent Application no. PN810172US.

*Tested by CTE Composite Test & Evaluation Limited





SES Engineers are trained to certify historic aircraft as Free From Explosives

As part of their work schedule our Escape Systems Engineers visit aviation museums all over the country to certify the ejection seats of ex-Military Jets Free From Explosives (CFFE) across an extensive collection of vintage aircraft.

The Certification Free From Explosives (CFFE) is applicable to all packages such as ejection seats that have contained explosives and is essential for customers to enjoy the exhibits at their pleasure and free from risk.

SES engineers certify that each breech on the ejection seat / aircraft is free from any explosive item, article or substance and involves a thorough inspection of the aircraft, reconnection of the unit and certifies the museum with a certificate of conformity.


Alpha Eagle Helmets supplied to Devon Air Ambulance supporting their night flying campaign

As an approved UK distributor for Helmet Integrated Systems Ltd we supply the world famous Alpha helmets for military and civil pilots of jets, fast wing planes and helicopters. We recently supplied Devon Air Ambulance with a number of Alpha Eagle helmets with Fenns night vision capability, giving pilots exceptional performance in low light conditions. Flight Operations Director, Ian Payne of Devon Air Ambulance said, “all aircrew have noted the significantly better intercom and noise properties of the helmets, essential for critical communications across the team”.


Photograph by: Michelle Lovegrove

ALPHA active noise reduction (ANR) is in use throughout the world protecting military, civil and commercial aircrews from the damaging effects of aircraft noise. Offering all of the benefits of high performance noise reduction technology, pilots benefit from improved speech intelligibility and comfort.

Ian Payne of Devon Air Ambulance was pleased with the service supplied from SES. Devon Air Ambulance are working with communities to enable them to fly longer into the night, with the helicopter now flight ready, they are developing a network of floodlit ‘community landing sites’ which will enable them to bring a life-saving service into the heart of communities when it is dark.

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