Resilience and Specialist Operations

SCAS Hart crew

Emergency planning and response to major incidents

HART (Hazardous Area Response Team) 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..

Our specialist training ensures that we are able to respond to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosive incidents.

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.
SCAS HART vehicle
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SCAS NEPTS ambulance

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