Fire teams and medics work together in crash rescue scenario

Leader Times news editor Peter Dewhurst acts as the casualty as Nelson fire-fighters carry out their RTC training. A151111/2f

Leader Times news editor Peter Dewhurst acts as the casualty as Nelson fire-fighters carry out their RTC training. A151111/2f

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FIRE and ambulance crews are working together to make the way they save people from crashed cars even more successful.

This week the two teams met at Nelson Fire Station and cut a car apart to discuss the best ways of getting injured casualties out of damaged vehicles.

Fire service road traffic collision trainer Crew Manager Rob Barker introduced the first event. In many ways, cars have been designed to make people safer, but he said: “There are massive problems with the technology. They are designed to save lives, but it does create some problems for us.”

Nelson’s Green Watch carried out a rescue operation, with a volunteer sitting in the car and Crew Manager Barker raising various issues, including approaching casualties from the front “so they don’t turn their heads if they have a spinal injury”.

They used high-powered equipment to remove windows, force doors open and take off the whole roof, while a paramedic was inside the car to support the “casualty”.

After the session, Paramedic Andrew Duncan said: “It’s been a very useful event. Road traffic collisions we deal with on a regular basis, but it is good building a relationship with the fire and rescue service to work together even better than we do now.”

Watch Manager Tom Simpson, who led Green Watch, said: “It went very well. It’s good to do training like this. It means we are getting used to the aspect of the hard work you need to do following an accident.”