First Response - Training

RAF Marham First Response Training Programme

RAF Marham First Response Training Programme

As with all emergency services, maintaining a skill level to effectively respond to anything thrown at you whilst operating in the county is of paramount importance.

Marhams commitment to maintain the standard laid down by the East Anglian Ambulance service takes place in the form of monthly training sessions.

Since its launch in 2001, Marham First Response has maintained a structured monthly training programme. With refresher training and updates under the ever watchful eye of senior ambulance service paramedics and a team of in-house Health & Safety First Aid at Work Instructors.

From simple treatment lessons involving bandaging and basic first aid skills through to De-fibrillator training and complex Spinal board immobilisation, all aspects of First aid are covered. The team has also visited Swaffham Fire Station for awareness training on cutting equipment and casualty extraction from Road Traffic Collisions (RTC's).

Additional training has come in the form of Guest Speakers who have given up their time to come and speak to the team on issues such as Drug Abuse. We are now fully supported in all aspects of training by the Ambulance Trust in the East of England.

All skills have to be maintained in order for the team to effectively operate in the county of Norfolk.

Thanks to the fund raising efforts from many sections at RAF Marham, the team has been able to purchase an extensive array of training aids including 'Resuscitation Mannequins' and a 'Defibrillator Trainer'. A secondary 'Grab Bag' has been generated so the team can now train in a more realistic capacity without the worry of using the operational equipment stowed on their Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) Call Sign '662'.

Alongside the training the team has also been involved in many 'Mass Casualty' & 'Major Disaster' scenarios. Exercise 'Blue Force Angel' saw the team working alongside the Fire service, Police and Royal Air Force Search & Rescue teams. And the team also responded with the ambulance service when Marham staged it's own disaster exercise on base.

With Marham First Response working along side the Ambulance service the team has to be familiar with the Front Line vehicles that the service use. The stowage and location of kit is important and at any time a responder may be called upon to fetch, or set up a particular piece of equipment. For this trips are planned to visit King's Lynn Ambulance Station and spend some time with the Front Line Ambulances & crews.

Further familiarisation is carried out in the form of 3rd Manning or observing shifts in the Ambulances and Rapid Response Vehicles throughout the county and on our own vehicle for those who have just joined the team or thinking of joining.

RAF Marham First Response Team
Registered Charity No 1077419

First Response Contacts - For further Details or Sponsorship Contact:
Sergeant George Denman (Team Leader RAF Marham First Response)
TMS
RAF Marham
King's Lynn
Norfolk PE33 9NP
GPTN 95951 Ext 7146
Civ (01760) 337261 Ext 7146

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