Ambulance specialists leading the way in training for challenging major incidents

Date: 01 November 2017

Ambulance specialists are leading the way in training for challenging major incidents.

The East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) Special Operations team have been conducting a wide range of training with the Trust’s specialised clinicians.

With the threat of catastrophic events higher than ever in the UK, the Trust’s Specialist Operations Team has been conducting a 12-week training programme for staff and external partners for sudden impact events.

The Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), Specialist Operations Response Team (SORT) and the Ambulance Intervention Team (AIT) have been working to develop expertise of critical incidents, such as marauding terrorist firearms attack (MTFA) by carrying out training focussing on planning, procedures and execution of operations in a variety of environments.

Steven Moore, Senior Specialist Operations Manager, said: "The training conducted is graphic and hectic to match the environments our staff will go into should an incident like this occur. We try to make sure everyone involved is aware of what they may come across in this role by conducting a variety of training exercises that cover a wide range of scenarios.

"It's also vital we work closely with our fire and rescue colleagues, as well as police. These will be the people entering the warm zone of any incident and stepping into harm's way to help those in urgent need. We are making sure our teams are as comfortable as possible in these dynamic and challenging environments to best prepare them for what may happen."

Inspector Mike Austin of Norfolk Police said “These days are a very good opportunity to work with our colleagues from the Fire and Rescue and ambulance services. Working together in real situations operationally, sharing resources and making sure we have the appropriate communication in place and working practices, so in the event of a situation taking place we are more than prepared to deal with it.”

Station Commander Stuart Smith, NILO at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “It’s great to work with our emergency service colleagues and develop best practice for large scale incidents.  We always hope these type of situations never occur but training like this is vital to ensure we’re best ready as a team of emergency responders to deal with real life situations.”

This training is part of a wider programme of training of development undertaken by the emergency services throughout the year.

  • Summary:

    Ambulance specialists are leading the way in training for challenging major incidents.