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WILSAR attend Clinical Governance training

Monday 22 February 2016

The Great Western Air Ambulance Charity invited three members of WILSAR along to their SAR themed Clinical Governance Training Day at their base in Filton today.

12717851_10156488495195537_3680037097021424773_nWe enjoyed a presentation from the GWAA’s Critical Care Team with several case studies and another discussion about a very technical Cave Rescue in the Mendips. While we shivered in a cold hangar we also received a very relevant talk about hypothermia! The highlight was a visit and introduction to the new Coastguard A139 helicopter from St Athan that became operational in October 2015 to replace the RAF Search and Rescue service. This was preceded by a presentation from the Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre (ARCC) on the change from military to civilian and the move of the ARCC from RAF Kinloss to the National Maritime Operations Centre in Fareham.

As well as medical professionals from Great Western Air Ambulance Service, South Western Ambulance Service Trust and Wiltshire Air Ambulance the training day was also attended by members from Mountain Rescue, Cave Rescue    and RNLI to name a few. The day helped representatives from multiple agencies to get to know a little about each other and to discuss how better to work alongside each other.


WILSAR train with the Wiltshire Air Ambulance


This weekend Wiltshire Search and Rescue took part in joint training with Wiltshire Air Ambulance.  The two charities are based alongside each other in Devizes and have had a good working relationship over a number of years.


The training scenario gave an opportunity to practice working together to extract a casualty, using WILSAR’s specialist stretcher and packaging equipment.  It also gave Critical Care Paramedic, Matt a chance to demonstrate some of the features of the new helicopter and to train our volunteers how to safely approach and operate around the aircraft.  Many thanks to the very busy Air Ambulance team for finding the time in between call-outs!”