News

May 9th 2014

ARMY RESERVE AND LEICESTERSHIRE FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE SHARE BEST PRACTICE

A number of Reservists from 222 Medical Squadron in Leicestershire had the opportunity to share best practice with the fire service as the organisations came together to take part in a live demonstration.

222 Medical Squadron, Royal Army Medical Corps, invited Leicestershire Fire and Rescue to a drill night, at the Army Reserve Centre on Brentwood Road, on 30 April to demonstrate casualty extraction procedures from a car under road traffic accident (RTA) conditions.

Major Alex Smith, Officer Commanding at 222 Medical Squadron, said: “The event was a great success with lots of guests from other units and the public sector making it very worthwhile.  The instruction and demonstration by the Fire Service was outstanding and very beneficial for our soldiers to see and have a chance to practice. We hope now to continue building on our relationships with the local emergency services.”

This was not the first time that the Army Reserve and the Fire Service have joined together to take part in an exercise, but the knowledge and expertise provided in previous times has been very well received by local Reservists so this was a good opportunity to further learning again.

Mark Bryers, Trauma Care Coordinator in the Specialist Training Department at Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service has been working in partnership with 222 Medical Squadron on and off since early 2000 when we provided extrication training and in return received extended medical training for our overseas search and rescue medics.

“Over the years, this partnership has proved to be invaluable, and particularly over the past year has gone from strength to strength, providing an excellent opportunity to pass on skills and experiences within the medical and pre-hospital arena from both the military and civilian settings.”

More than 30 Reservists attended the event  who  are serving with either 222 Medical Squadron or another local Army Reserve unit.