Road Accident

Road Accident (2007): Here we look at medics working alongside the other emergency services at a major road accident. This is an exercise that was carried out in Durham in May 2007. Casualties were provided by St. John Ambulance and local colleges and universities.

NK03 GWP is a North East Ambulance Service Ford Focus rapid response car. It has been abandoned by the roadside with its blue lights flashing as the crew has left to deal with multiple casualties.

NEAS incident support vehicles soon arrive, one towing a trailer. These secondary response vehicles carry large amounts of equipment, and in this instance their inflatable tent is required.

Quickly inflated, the tent is used as a triage shelter to assess casualties and prioritise them.

Due to the seriousness of the collision, one of the Great North Air Ambulances (G-HEMS) is called. Here it is landing with among the emergency vehicles and triage shelter.

Air ambulance doctors are shown here with Durham and Darlington Fire & Rescue extricating a driver impaled in the drivers seat of the van.

Careful coordination is needed to gently remove the windscreen and roof and then extricate the seriously injured casulaty.

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