The big freeze: Kinder Mountain Rescue Team assist Ambulance Services
Whilst some may be enjoying the wintry conditions across the North, the continuation of snow, ice and cold temperatures into the New Year has increased the pressure on ambulance services. Kinder Mountain Rescue Team (KMRT) has been on twenty-four hour alert to assist the Greater Manchester and East Midlands Ambulance Services since the heavy snowfall on Tuesday morning. That means making our people, equipment and our two landrovers available to the ambulance services. On the 5th January, KMRT were called out seven times, typically to areas that the ambulance service couldn’t get to.
The two mobile units were well equipped to deal with everything thrown at them including delivering patients to both Stepping Hill and Wythenshawe Hospitals, due to the team’s advanced training in casualty care. KMRT team members train constantly to be able to conduct rescue and search operations in wild and open country and in hostile conditions; gaining skills and experience that mean we can respond when needed to assist other emergency services.
KMRT is continuing to make our mobile units available today (6/1/2010) and both landrovers and crews are on the roads today, awaiting tasking from the ambulance services.
North West Ambulance Service, Deputy Chief Executive, Bob Williams comments:
Due to the severe weather conditions currently being experienced across the region, the North West Ambulance Service has declared a major incident. This is due to the fact, particularly in Greater Manchester, we are unlikely to be able to reach patients with minor injuries or symptoms.
We are having to stringently prioritise all of our 999 calls and despatch our resources to life-threatening cases only. We would like to stress the urgency for people to stay indoors unless it is absolutely necessary.
The driving conditions are extremely hazardous and we would like to ensure that the risk of injury on the roads is reduced as much as possible.
For more information visit the North West Ambulance Service website