When Disaster Strikes - Equipment You Need to Handle Emergencies

22/08/19

When we think of the emergency services we do so as separate entities. The ambulance, police and fire services, on the surface, have completely different jobs to do, and in the eyes of the public have different functions. However, this doesn’t always tell the whole story. 
Emergencies can happen anywhere and, when they do, the cohesive operation of the three emergency services together ensure that all the unique challenges of a particular situation are dealt with efficiently. By promoting and delivering interoperability between the three branches of the emergency services, with the use of new connected equipment, the long-term success rate of dealing with disasters will rise and the confidence of the public will increase. 

How do we improve emergency response?

Often the police are first to the scene of an incident. Due to the nature of their work and their access to the general public more training and education has been introduced to help them deal with emergencies. Improved building regulations and education have also reduced the pressure on fire services in recent years, allowing them to co-respond to emergencies and relieve the pressure on ambulance services. 
This support is crucial - demand for ambulance services has risen by 39% in the last decade, putting extreme pressure on existing resources. 
Time is of the essence in an emergency. With regards to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), every minute that passes without treatment reduces the survival rate of victims by 10%. After 8-10 minutes, which is the current average response time for emergency services, the chances of recovery are extremely low. 
The current pressure on the ambulance service in the UK is dire. We need to significantly reduce demand on their resources and one way to help this is by equipping the police and fire departments with connected devices that allow them to deal with emergencies effectively. Supplying them with Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs), for instance, along with high quality first aid kits, would go a long way to solving the issue.

CASE STUDY

Supplying the police and fire services with connected equipment has been shown to work on a large scale. In 2017 we supplied the Metropolitan Police Service with AEDs, placing them in police vehicles and station offices across London. The results were fantastic. Response time was significantly reduced, with seven lives saved in the first months that would have otherwise been in jeopardy. This is not to say that the ambulance service is still not absolutely critical because it is - only that connection between all branches of emergency services can have a dramatic effect, especially in high population urban areas.

Optimising AED fleet management

Only recently have we had the technology available to achieve seamless interoperability between the emergency services. The AED range that was used by the Metropolitan Police Service, for example, is connected to a centralised monitoring platform. This allows users to routinely monitor use history, device health, as well as storing key data from the field via wireless connectivity. This valuable data can then be delivered to ambulance and fire services and, over time, we can streamline emergency response even further.

Come visit us at the Emergency Services Show 2019…

We will be attending the Emergency Services Show at the NEC between the 18th-19th September. Come visit us at our stand and continue the conversation.
You can request your pass for the show here.


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