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April 16th 2014

SHARING BEST PRACTICE IN LEICESTERSHIRE

A number of Army Reserves will have the opportunity to share best practice with the fire service later this month as live demonstrations happen at the Army Reserve Centre on Brentwood Road.

222 Medical Squadron, Royal Army Medical Corps, have invited Leicestershire Fire and Rescue to a drill night 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: “This is a great opportunity to share our skills and talk about previous experiences.

“The exercise is likely to result in the roof being cut off and a whole host of exciting tools being used. It’s a good opportunity for examples of cross-training and best practice and we will be opening it up to medics from other units in the local area.

“This is not the first time we have taken part in an exercise with the fire and rescue service, but the knowledge and expertise provided in previous times has been very well received by our Reservists so we felt this is a good opportunity to further our 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.”

There will be more than 30 Reservists present at the event who are serving with either 222 Medical Squadron or another local Army Reserve unit.