Resilience and Specialist Operations
Emergency planning and response to major incidents
I work as part of the Trust’s Resilience and Specialist Operations team. It’s our job to be prepared for anything. Extreme weather, outbreaks of disease and terrorist attacks have become ever present dangers and threats to our way of life.
Our specialist training ensures that we are able to respond to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosive incidents.
Number of HART teams in the UK
The Resilience department has a number of responsibilities, such as:
- Dealing with the day-to-day business of Resilience and emergency planning
- facilitating Emergency Planning Society accredited competency based Major incident command and control training
- working with outside agencies such as police, fire, HM Armed forces, local authorities and industries for emergency planning and management of large events
- liaising with the voluntary societies including St John Ambulance and British Red Cross
- managing large or difficult incidents such as major traffic accidents and explosions
- providing specialist knowledge as Tactical Advisors to staff in the Health and Emergency Operations Centres and to managers and vehicle crews on policy and procedure, and clinical matters
Hazardous Area Response Team (HART)
HART is a team of paramedics specifically trained and equipped to deliver first class care to patients who are injured or ill in hazardous environments. Previously the ambulance service was unable to work in these areas as it would have been unsafe for ambulance staff to do so. By ensuring ongoing specialist training with partner agencies such as the Police, Fire Service and Maritime & Coastguard Agency, and by having the correct specialist equipment and procedures, we are able to provide the public with greater reassurance that we can respond to challenging, complex incidents where they need help.
Incidents where HART has been deployed to in the last 12 months include major incidents, chemical incidents, collapsed buildings and flooding as well as inland river incidents, patients injured while at height and complex road traffic accidents. HART also supports Trust operational staff daily by sharing the team’s knowledge, experience and unique use of equipment in other incidents that thankfully are not deemed hazardous in nature but can still be challenging for the Trust.
By providing excellent clinical care in these hazardous areas, we can ensure that our patients receive the best appropriate clinical treatment and management at the earliest opportunity.
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