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South Yorkshire firefighters and medics train together

Doctors James Sen, Alex Bell, and Alex Kojro with Fire Officers Steve North, Trevor Roome and John Torn

Doctors James Sen, Alex Bell, and Alex Kojro with Fire Officers Steve North, Trevor Roome and John Torn

Firefighters have teamed up with paramedics and worked on training exercises to help them respond to road traffic collisions.

Crews are working with doctors from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to stage realistic training exercises aimed at strengthening how fire and ambulance staff respond to crashes.

The hope is that they will improve the care casualties receive before reaching hospital, reducing deaths.

Fire officer and training instructor Trevor Roome said: “This is what emergency service partnerships are all about - learning from each other to create the best outcome for the people we are there to help.

“Working together in these situations can’t just be taught in a classroom, it has to be developed and nurtured through collaboration at practical exercises like these.

“It’s our vision that this focus and investment in working side by side will result in a substantial reduction in death rates at incidents we attend alongside our emergency service partners.”

Each training session sees fire officers briefing doctors through the various techniques they use to free motorists and passengers trapped inside vehicles, and the risk assessments they take.

Medics then give their advice.

Doctor James Sen, who has attended the training sessions, said: “This training has given me the basic principles of rescue techniques and allowed me to understand how medical knowledge can fit into this, improving the overall outcome for the patient.

“Ultimately, as emergency services become more aware of each other and their roles, this will benefit society as a whole, as the standards of care at road traffic collisions will greatly improve.”

 

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