West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Officer Commendations were awarded to a team from the NARU Education Centre on Thursday 20th March at a special ceremony in Staffordshire.

The NARU team received Outstanding Achievement Awards for their work organising Operation Amber 2 in May 2013, which was widely seen as a high profile success.

Watch the video of the team receiving their award here.

The staff members were:

Nicola Harrington, NARU Exercise & Events Manager
David Levesley, Hazardous Area Response Team leader
Sid Murphy, NARU Instructor
Dave Bull QAM, NARU Head of Training & Education
Carl Ledbury, Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Manager, West Midlands Ambulance Service
Martin Minard, Logistics Manager, West Midlands Ambulance Service

Dave Bull QAM, Nicola Harrington and Sid Murphy
Dave Bull QAM, Nicola Harrington and Sid Murphy from the NARU Education Centre [Image courtesy of WMAS]

Operation Amber 2 took place in Staffordshire in May last year with the aim of demonstrating joint emergency working procedures in the event of a large scale incident. If such an event were ever to take place, UK ambulance services would integrate quickly in response to the treatment of mass casualties.

The commendation stated: “The team members deserve the highest recognition for their part in organising Operation Amber 2 and making it one of the largest and most significant ambulance-led exercises ever held in the UK.  The long hours and detailed planning were rewarded with high praise and described by a government official as ‘showing inter-operability at its best.”

WMAS Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said: “Being the best takes an awful lot of hard work, determination, commitment and professionalism and I am really proud and grateful for all of your work.”


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