ExCel sets news standards in venue safety with world's first body-worn defibrillators

Partner update
Published on 2 April 2024

ExCeL London has further enhanced the safety of its four million annual visitors by becoming the first venue in the UK to introduce lifesaving First Aid Belts worn by many of its security personnel. 

The first-of-their-kind wearable belts - created by tac:life – are now worn by all First Responder Security Personnel at the London event venue and contains vital medical components, including an automated external defibrillator (AED) used to help those experiencing a cardiac arrest. 

ExCeL has also installed public ‘AED Responder’ units in static locations around the 100,000sqm venue to further enhance their response times and capabilities to medical emergencies. As well as the AEDs, the kits contain a number of trauma care articles that the public and staff can use if required.

“Time is everything when dealing with a medical emergency such as a cardiac arrest,” said ExCeL’s Head of Security Henry Havis. “By introducing both the trauma care belts and the additional public trauma units it means we can greatly improve our response times and significantly increase the likelihood of a successful outcome.”

Havis, who is also Chair of the AEV Security Working Group, added: “With the lessons learnt from the tragic Manchester Arena attack together with the ethos of the potential new security legislation, it is now even more important for event venues to take proportionate steps and be ready to respond should a life-threatening incident occur.”

Founded in 2022, tac:life is the brainchild of Nathan Mather who has developed two products - IFAB MED™ and the IFAB AED™ - both with aim of providing key medical lifesaving equipment at all times.  

For more information on tac:life head to https://tac-life.co.uk/ 


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ExCeL London is a thriving multi-events venue located in London’s historic Royal Docks. Our business welcomes customers from all over the world looking to organise a wide range of events from brand showcases to conventions, exhibitions and live events. Our venue footprint provides space for groups of all sizes from training rooms to blank canvas event halls and conference suites. We are fortunate to be located on a unique waterfront campus which includes hotels, bars, restaurants and onsite rail stations meaning we can assist you with so much more than just the venue space! Every customer and event enquiry is unique and we ensure that our offer is specifically tailored to your exact requirements.