Hazardous Area Response Team

Our Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) can work in difficult environments allowing them to provide emergency patient care faster at the scene of a major incident.

HART helmet crew in background

In the past, 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 lifesaving treatment and care at the earliest opportunity.

Our teams are equipped with specialist vehicles including an Incident Command Unit (ICU) and an Incident Response Unit (IRU). The ICU has sophisticated technology for voice, data and video operations. On board, the IT equipment includes 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.

Our teams are on call 24/7, every day of the 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
  • Work in and around water
  • Urban search and rescue (USR)
  • Safely work at height
  • Work in confined spaces
  • Operate specialist kit and vehicles.

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