The International Road Rescue and Trauma Consultancy (IRRTC) has been swift to recognise that the level, quality and availability of training in physical rescue and medical rescue provision isn’t always the same. In fact, the company has worked in many countries where there’s no localised response or, where there is, it’s provided by willing volunteers who have limited equipment and little-to-no training. In some areas, there’s no localised response provision available for hundreds of miles.
Even in those countries that do have localised responses, the distances between stations can be immense leading to extremely prolonged response times. This situation is compounded even further if it isn’t possible to obtain effective communication links due to poor telephone coverage.
In the event of a vehicle-related incident, minutes really can cost lives. If casualties cannot be accessed then they cannot be effectively treated. If a casualty has a serious bleed or any airway difficulties then time is of the essence.
All organisations have a legal responsibility to protect their members of staff. What’s clear is that one of the biggest threats to an organisation’s workforce or its clients is when travelling to and from sites which can often be in a remote location. Many organisations will have identified this hazard within their own risk analysis, but up until now there have been limited options available in terms of reducing the identified risk and applying effective control measures to reduce that risk.
By providing an effective control measure, organisations may also be able to benefit from financial savings on their annual corporate insurance premiums.
Effective emergency response
Tackling this key issue head on, the IRRTC has designed two training courses under the banner ‘Specialist Rescue Responders’ for any organisation wishing to provide an effective emergency response themselves until further help arrives. Course attendees will be taught life-saving skills that allow them to provide emergency medical care with limited resources at the scene of any incident.
The ‘Specialist Rescue Responder’ Introduction is a two-day introduction to vehicle rescue and trauma care which covers aspects such as scene safety, vehicle safety, equipment safety and use, casualty stabilisation, initial vehicle access, basic rescue techniques, casualty removal and basic trauma care.
The ‘Specialist Rescue Responder’ Advanced is a five-day full vehicle rescue course which covers all of the above, but also includes advanced rescue techniques and intermediate casualty care encompassing prolonged field care. The latter is vitally important where there’s no robust rescue and/or medical response infrastructure in place.
Each course is specifically designed and tailored for the host organisation to work with limited rescue equipment which can be found in IRRTC’s Emergency Rescue Kit and, therefore, can be carried in any vehicle to any location. Having this capability in a company car or in the convoy greatly increases rates of ‘survivability’.
*These specialist courses can be delivered at the offices of the participating company or at either of IRRTC’s two training sites in the UK. For further information access www.irrtc.co.uk or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org