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Hazardous Area Response Team

Ambulance HART team

Urban Search and RescueThe Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) is highly skilled and can work in difficult environments allowing them to provide emergency patient care faster at the scene of a major incident.  Historically, treating such patients didn’t happen until after the fire and rescue service had arranged for them to be brought out of the inner cordon (the hot zone). Specialist training and personal protective equipment (PPE) has given paramedics skills and equipment to work alongside the fire and police services and reach patients who are in hazardous environments, confined spaces or trapped at height, to give life saving treatment and care at the point of harm.

Working in and around water

The team is equipped with specialist vehicles including a Incident Command Unit (ICU) and an Incident Response Unit (IRU). The ICU has sophisticated technology to enable the use of voice, data and video operations. On board, the ICU has an array of IT equipment including touch screen displays, a screen on the outside of the vehicle, computers and software designed to operate wherever HART units are deployed.  The other vehicles carry the crews PPE and breathing apparatus as well as specific oxygen delivery systems which allow the treatment of up to 48 casualties at a time. The PPE means life-saving treatment can be performed in some of the most hazardous environments.

Working at heightEEAST HART is on-call 24/7, 365 days a year to respond to major incidents anywhere in the region. The team consists of 44 highly skilled paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians.  

What can HART do?

  • Work in contaminated areas
  • Urban search and rescue
  • Safely work at height
  • Operate specialist kit and vehicles.

East of England Ambulance Headquarters
Whiting Way
Melbourn
Cambridgeshire
SG8 6EN
Sat Nav postcode SG8 6NA