North West Ambulance Service brings surgical cricothyroidotomy to paramedic practice

Consultant Paramedic Steve Bell.

The North West Ambulance Service’s advanced and consultant paramedics are performing a procedure previously restricted to the remit of doctors. Surgical cricothyroidotomy was introduced into the scope of practice of NWAS’ advanced and consultant paramedics in 2011 as an emergency airway management intervention for otherwise unmanageable patient airways resulting from traumatic or medical aetiologies. A… Read more »

Trauma pack training for officers in the City

The City of London Police has expanded an innovative scheme that will introduce emergency trauma pack training to police officers in the Square Mile. Sixty officers in total from the City of London Police will be trained to use the kits, which will be stored at various locations across the City. Each pack is filled… Read more »

JESIP team launches new training film

The services of production company CTN/Embolden (the team behind the Run Hide Tell video) have been used to produce a new JESIP training film, which is aimed at telling the lifecycle of an incident from receipt of a call all the way through to entries being made on the JOL Online system. Obviously, the key… Read more »

Respected pre-hospital leader joins Welsh Flying Medics

A well-regarded clinician and leader in pre-hospital medicine has taken charge of Wales’ flying medics service. Professor David Lockey has begun his role as National Director of EMRTS Cymru, the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service, also known as the ‘Welsh Flying Medics’. The service provides consultant-delivered innovative pre-hospital critical care across Wales, by air… Read more »

Northamptonshire PCC to take on responsibility for fire and rescue service

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Northamptonshire Stephen Mold’s proposal to take on responsibility for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service has been approved by the Home Secretary, marking an important step in the Government’s drive to see police and fire collaborate further and faster to benefit their local communities. Mr Mold is now set to… Read more »

Yorkshire Ambulance Service launches life-saving app

Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) NHS Trust is launching a life-saving app which maps all the 1288 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) across the county. The Save a Life app tells you the location of your nearest AED and provides cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) guidance in the event of someone suffering a cardiac arrest. The app is designed… Read more »

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service deploys Panasonic rugged tablets

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS) is transforming life for firefighters on the frontline by equipping them with more than 200 Panasonic rugged Toughbook tablets to access vital information during an emergency. The service is deploying the Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 tablets in the front cabs of its fire appliances as Mobile Data Terminals… Read more »

EMAS crowned World Champions at competition in Copenhagen

A team of experienced paramedics from East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) is ‘elated’ after being crowned World Champions at a medical competition held in Copenhagen. Ricky Harrison, from Derbyshire; Ross Ludford, from Leicestershire; Rosie Sears, from Northamptonshire; and James Harness, from Lincolnshire; went head to head with ambulance crews from Denmark, Papua New Guinea, Portugal,… Read more »

Drones tested in real-life search and rescue scenarios

From 23-27 April, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) are running a special event to test the use of drones in a variety of real-life search and rescue scenarios. The week-long event is taking place along a stretch of coastline at St Athan, Wales, with a selection of… Read more »

Low emission additions to Nottinghamshire Fire fleet

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) is driving towards an environmentally friendly future by adding a pair of low emission fire appliances to its fleet of vehicles. The two new appliances, which will be based at London Road Fire Station, are both Euro 6 approved, meaning they comply to the latest European Union regulations aimed… Read more »