Additional services and voluntary support
Events Medical Cover
If you’ve ever been to a rock concert, football or cricket match, or to watch motorbike or horse racing in the east midlands then you may have come across our Ambulance Service Special Events Team (ASSET).
The specialist team provides paramedic cover at the ever-increasing number of public events.
The staff who make up the team have built a reputation for their expertise in handling large scale public gatherings.
Events Manager, Cliff Ward, said: “At things like pop concerts, we get all sorts of injuries like crushing, dehydration, hysteria and neck injuries from people crowd surfing over the barriers. It’s different every time - depending on what you’re doing.”
The team has a number of 'core' staff and more are drafted in to cope with larger events. Pictured are some of our events team members at a presentation to mark the 'official' retirement of Cliff Ward (seated). In fact, Cliff loves the job so much that he returned to work for us a few days after taking early retirement!
Voluntary life savers
A number of organisations work closely with EMAS to provide emergency life-saving care to patients across the East Midlands – for example, the East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme (EMICS), the Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service (LIVES) and Lincolnshire Emergency Medical Response.
All three of these organisaions are are charities founded and run by volunteer doctors, paramedics and clinicians from our region who give up their spare time to attend 999 calls directed through EMAS Control.
They aim to provide accredited doctors with skills in pre-hospital immediate care and work closely with us to provide a fast response to medical emergencies.
The schemes operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and all members undergo emergency driver training from EMAS driving instructors.
Accredited doctors include those working within a hospital as anaesthetists or in A&E departments, and GPs.
EMICS provides pre-hospital immediate care in two ways:
Doctor/Paramedic in an EMAS Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV):
The RRVs are operated by EMAS and we provide a paramedic to respond to 999 calls. EMICS doctors travel on the RRV to provide us with an additional resource.
Doctor - fast responder: Many of the EMICS doctors are GPs. Their cars are fully equipped with resuscitation equipment as well as with radios, blue lights and sirens, and can act as either a Doctor fast response to an incident or as an additional resource to the East Midlands Ambulance Service.
LIVES is one of the largest charities in the UK providing a first response to road traffic accidents, cardiac arrests and work place emergencies. All members of the local LIVES organisation are volunteer doctors, nurses, paramedics or community first responders who give up their spare time to respond to 999 calls as directed via EMAS Control. To learn more, visit LIVES
Cave Rescue Support Service
For many people, Tom Bailey and his specialist team really are the light at the end of the tunnel.
They are members of EMAS’ Cave Rescue Support Unit (CRSU) who descend into the darkest subterranean recesses of the Peak District to help injured or trapped potholers, cavers and walkers.
Fitted out in made-to-measure caving suits and armed with specialist equipment, the seven-strong team based at Buxton, Derbyshire, have seen their fair share of action since the unit was set up in September 2000.
Operations they have carried out include rescuing a female caver who had fallen and fractured her pelvis more than 100 feet underground to rescuing a 10-year-old who had got stuck in a seven-inch-wide crack while exploring Dragons Cave at Ambergate.
The specialist CRSU team comprises of a combination of paramedics and technicians.
As well as having formal medical training, all CRSU members have undergone a basic training course from the Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation (DCRO) and have an annual refresher course.The team is responsible for its own fundraising for equipment replacement and also helps regular EMAS paramedic crews in some of the Peak District’s larger show caves, such as the famous Blue John Mine at Castleton. If you would like to learn more about the DCRO, please click here.