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RAF Marham First Response - An Observers Point of View

First Response - From an Observers Point of View

From an Observers Point of View
Prior to joining First Response as a Clinical Responder all applicants are encouraged to ride out and observe several shifts on R662 (Marham's Rapid Response Vehicle). The idea of the observation shifts is to hopefully give an insight to the scheme.

This account has been written by one such applicant who upon riding out in R662 played an important part in what was going to be a far from quiet shift. All names and place details have been omitted, as investigations are still ongoing. But this is an accurate account of what emergency calls Marham First Response does on occasions attend.

A Quiet Friday evening in September.
This was my third observer shift, I arranged to meet my crew at MT to collect R662 (Marham's Rapid Response Vehicle) and check over the vital equipment it carries. Little did I know how important and useful this would be.

With the vehicle and kit checked we left Marham camp gates and promptly booked on with Ambulance control based at Hellesdon in Norwich. The radio crackled and after a pause the controller replied "Good Evening 662, Could you make Downham Market Ambulance Station For Cover"

On arrival at Downham Mkt. Ambulance Station I promptly offered to put the kettle on, big mistake, as I seemed to end up making tea for every man and his dog. A quick sip of the tea, and the Emergency Phone rang, First job of the evening, somebody fallen. The address was programmed into the Satellite Navigation the lights and sirens were on and we were off. About two minutes into the drive the radio crackled, "662 stand down, we have a closer vehicle, can you head towards Wisbech for cover" maybe we will get a brew at Wisbech I thought.

We sat on Wisbech Ambulance Station for a while, time to catch up on the soaps and finally get to drink a full cup of tea. The phone rang again but it was just a change of scenery off we go again King's Lynn for some cover. We all agreed it would be a good opportunity to get some food down our necks so we headed towards Norfolk Street, home of many a Kebab shop. With bellies full we checked in with control, "Sorry about this guys, I've just lost all my cover in Wisbech could you head back that way" The apologetic controller asked. So we were on the move again.

Just as we got settled and headed of down the A47 the Phone went, was this another change of locations? Or maybe a job. It didn't take long for me to realize that we had been tasked to attend an RTA (Road Traffic Accident) again lights and sirens were activated and we were off at a rate of knots. I remember feeling nervous on route, as we hadn't received much information on what we were attending.

Within minutes we were first on scene, the Responders both jumped out to assess the situation, It had appeared that the car had left the road and struck a tree, the car had four occupants of which two appeared seriously injured and trapped in the wreckage. The other two were suffering minor injuries.

I was quickly tasked to grab some equipment from the Response Car. The responders had gained access into the vehicle and had started to treat the two casualties who were trapped, Oxygen was put on both and dressings were being applied to what looked like extensive head injuries. Levels of consciousness on both was fading so it was important to keep their airways open and keep the supply of Oxygen to them, this accompanied with the extensive injuries suffered from the impact required both responders to work really hard.

I shuttled between the car grabbing additional kit and helping out where possible. In what seemed like ages but in fact was only minutes a local doctor arrived on scene shortly followed by Fire Crews, Ambulances & Police. I continued to act as runner collecting bits of kit for all three emergency services. It didn't take long to realize that the trapped occupants were in a critical condition and rapid removal to specialist care was required. Both responders remained with the occupants maintaining airways, and monitoring the patients whilst the fire crews started cutting away at the car. The Doctor had put in intravenous lines so that valuable fluids could be administered in a bid to compensate for the loss of blood. Ambulance Paramedics & Technicians were busy administering drugs and continuing with the vital treatment needed to keep both casualties alive.

After what was an hour from initial call the two ambulances conveyed the two critical casualties to hospital under blue lights. The doctor travelled with the more seriously injured patient and we were left with the Fire crews and Police to get cleaned up. We had used a lot of dressings and oxygen and our uniforms were somewhat covered in blood, oil, mud and other unidentifiable substances. It was decided that after the evening's events it would be a good idea to call it a night and return back to Marham to sign off shift.

The drive back to Marham was a good time to reflect on the events of the evening, the adrenaline had subsided and I was feeling considerably drained. We got back to Marham and the call was made to control to sign us off. Control replied "Roger 662, Many thanks for all your help this evening"

And that was that, an evening that had all the makings of a quiet night, had turned out into quite the opposite.

RAF Marham First Response Team
Registered Charity No 1077419

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