Priority One Medical
West Midlands Ambulance Service
Paramedic motorbike now in preservation. This 1989 vehicle was when paramedics were new and there weren’t many in each ambulance service. Their specialist skills would see them travel in cars or on motorbikes across the county to the most serious ambulance calls.
River Rescue Exercise (2017)
A large tree has fallen onto a river cruise boat in this exercise. There are multiple casualties and the only way to access the scene is by river.
First on the scene, around 20 minutes after the 999 call, was a fire service rib. One firefighter boards the cruise boat to triage casualties while his two colleagues search the river for casualties that have fallen overboard.
More emergency services respond to the major incident. Ambulance HART (Hazardous Area Response Team) personnel are joined by more fire and rescue teams as well as dedicated water rescue teams.
Seriously injured members of the public are tended to while uninjured and walking wounded are evacuated using the fleet of small ribs.
A makeshift reception centre is set up a few hundred metres downstream from the incident scene. Casualties are transferred from the boats onto land. It is the nearest road, so all road going emergency vehicles are parked up there.
Fire service vehicles in attendance include rescue pumps, Land Rovers and an incident command unit.
The major exercise attracted media attention, including a film crew who were embedded with the ambulance HART team for a year. Footage was used on the 2018 series ‘999 Rescue Squad’ shown on the W Channel.Share Follow
South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, South Yorkshire Police and Yorkshire Ambulance Service joined forces to create the LIFE team to attend lower priority incidents in Sheffield, with the aim of reducing the demand on 999 responders. The Local Intervention and Falls Episodes (LIFE) team vist homes to reduce fire risk in properties, improve security and help people who have fallen and contribute to reducing the risk of falls.