Fiat Emergency Ambulance – Mandatory Training Unison Health & Safety has been contacted by a number of employees with concerns relating to the lack of consistency and variations in the training being provided on the new Fiat ambulances. Concerns that have been raised include a number of employees in some areas only receiving a total […]
Health & Safety Postbag – September 2019 Concerns have been raised that high numbers of road staff are failing to complete the VDI checklists at the start of their shifts or at later stages of the shift when time allows. These checklists form the basis of vehicle audits and should be completed. If not completed […]
Concerns have been raised that high numbers of road staff are failing to complete the VDI checklists at the start of their shifts or at later stages of the shift when time allows. These checklists form the basis of vehicle audits and should be completed. If not completed the reason why not must be written […]
Early Intervention Vehicle (EIV): Crews have raised concerns about the specification of their vehicle, including lack of space to store equipment and the heat in the crew cab. This matter is being addressed by an EIV meeting in June and involvement of EIV crews in the design of the next generation EIV vehicle to ensure […]
When ambulances are being deep cleaned or maintained, the staff carrying out those tasks should not be exposed to “hidden hazards” which are not immediately visible. The spaces beneath the stretcher mounts and behind the fold-out steps are common areas where clinical matter or sharps migrate out of sight and present unexpected risks to the […]
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.