and police motorbike units gear up to keep roads running
of the forthcoming Bank Holiday, the South Western Ambulance Service
dedicated Motorcycle Response Unit has teamed up with police forces
across the region in a bid to deal with road traffic collisions
The specialist unit, a team of four paramedics all with advanced
motorcycle response training, base themselves throughout the region
at strategic points - including the Burnham-On-Sea area - on major
roads and motorways and can deploy at a moments notice, particularly
at peak and busy times.
Since the start of the summer getaway SWASFTs motorcycle paramedics
have been working directly with the police with the aim of assessing
incidents more quickly.
in turn benefits public and other services and agencies, resulting
in quick assessment for those needing medial help and potentially
less delays and congestion for the travelling public following collisions.
Scott King, Motorcycle Response Officer, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"For the first time we are working directly with the Roads
Policing Units. Being on a bike, we can often get to the scene faster
than a traditional ambulance, enabling us to assess the severity
of the incident more quickly."
"When we triage the scene it could result in the road being
reopened immediately if the incident is not critical."
will be in a position to discharge people at the roadside or treat
patients, who are not seriously injured, in a nearby safe place
allowing the police or Highways to reopen the road."
will mean other road users wont experience the frustration
of a lengthy road closure where it can be avoided."
"If the incident is more serious, then we are there and can
apply the same level of emergency care to patients as a regular
paramedic, and deal with the issue until further crews arrive."
Each motorcycle is like a mini ambulance and is kitted out with
the latest technology and medicine needed to help at a critical
incident. The motorcycle paramedics also have direct radio access
to the police and can liaise with them instantly to triage the scene
of an incident even before a traditional ambulance has arrived.
Sgt Jim Whatley, from the Tri-Force Roads Policing Unit, added:
"Alongside our partner agencies we are constantly looking for
ways to improve the service to the motoring public when serious
is both to safeguard the welfare of those unfortunately involved
in a collision and to get the traffic moving as soon as possible
as slow moving or stationary traffic can cause further issues."
initiative will actively contribute to achieving those objectives,
so we are delighted to be working with the Motorcycle Response Unit