The East of England’s ambulance service saw its website and social media dominated by the hazardous area response team (HART) to raise awareness of its handling of major incidents.
The Trust set up videos, blogs and tweets to highlight the work of its HART team who have the equipment and training to enter potentially hazardous areas to treat patients.
In June this year they attended more than 150 incidents – the top three incidents being traffic collisions, burns/explosions and falls.
Deputy Head of Resilience Steven Moore said: “We’ve had a lot of good feedback from the takeover week.
“Our team have a range of skills which can be used at the scene of a man-made incident as well as natural disasters. The risks to the UK are still present and we’re here to support our emergency colleagues.”
The online material is still available to view and demonstrates the training involved as well as the types of incidents that HART would attend.
There are two HART bases in the region at Melbourn, Cambridgeshire and Great Notley, Essex covering the six counties. At any one time there is a team of six on each base who are trained in working at heights, with chemicals, ballistics and many others.