There have been many occasions when tea room chatter has centred around the risks associated with patients that are located near water or onboard vessels. This led to concerns that when crews arrived at waterside locations, they did not have the appropriate level of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as life jackets to protect them if they inadvertently fell into the water.
Despite horrendous weather predictions, members of the Vehicle Development team were able to visit the WAS Specialist Vehicle factory with regard to our next generation ambulance.
As part of the ongoing review into the uniform currently being worn by employees in our service, members of a small working party met at RAF Wattisham on 27 February 2019. The purpose of the visit was to observe crews of the Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service as they underwent practical refresher training in the extrication of persons from road traffic incidents.
The ambulance service is experiencing a constantly high level of calls via the 999 system on a daily basis (except it would seem on the days of action by the Junior Doctors) and we only have a finite number of crews and vehicles.
It has been noted and commented on that a certain level of doubt exists regarding what is Fact and what is Fiction with regard to the safe conveyance of persons on our ambulances.
Unison Health & Safety has been working closely with the Trust for over two years on the design and development of our next generation front line ambulance. During this time, four concept ambulances were produced and members of staff were afforded the opportunity to become further engaged by road testing the ambulances
Over the past four years there has been a noticeable increase in the unwarranted assaults on emergency workers and in particular, ambulance crews.
Memories of the extended summer have rapidly faded as the Scandinavian winds start chilling the landscape causing motorists to reassess their vehicle anti-freeze and load the car boot with blankets and shovels, pre-empting the issues of deep snow and gridlocked highways. It also serves as a timely reminder to look back over the past twelve months to see how we have progressed in the world of health, safety and welfare.
After several months of design and development, four different conceptual ambulances were produced each with a different patient saloon area configuration and with different stretchers & carry chairs for staff to
Health and Safety Postbag – December 2018 With the year fast drawing to a close it is time to review and round up all the current issues: Conveyance of Patients in PTS Ambulances: Concerns have been raised with regard to the conveyance of patients in PTS ambulances which are not fitted with a stretcher. These […]
Health and Safety Post bag 2
18th October 2018