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accident rehearsed by first aiders in Burnham-On-Sea
team of first-aiders from St John's Ambulance rehearsed how they
would react to a speedboat accident at Apex Leisure Park in Burnham
on Monday evening, May 23.
crew members from Burnham's hovercraft group became the 'casualties'
during the hour-long exercise at the slipway.
crew used make-up to create realistic looking wounds and acted
out a number of 'injuries' which the medical response team had
to deal with.
team of eight first-aiders was led by Keith Gough, St John's Ambulance
Divisional Manager for the Highbridge and Burnham region, who
arrived on the scene in an ambulance.
said: "There were a number of 'injuries' to an arm, hand,
chest, head and lungs which we had to be deal with in a very quick
amount of time."
was a very useful exercise for us, simulating how we would deal
with a real emergency situation involving a boat. It
was particularly useful to perform it in an outside environment
next to the water's edge where such incidents occur."
exercise involved the D-class lifeboat from BARB, the group that
runs the Burnham rescue hovercraft.
spokesman for BARB said: "It was a successful evening for
everyone. Our crew members found it useful; they got a close-up
view of how first-aid treatment would be given to casualties in
a real emergency situation."
and Burnham St John Amulance
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