Following up from the simulations during the Easter weekend earlier this year, Tiree’s emergency services gathered at An Talla for a follow up session on Friday 29th November.
From 1pm the fire service, ambulance, nurses, coast guard and police spent the day doing team building exercises through simulations of emergencies, observed and advised by Dave Strachan from Pitlochry and Heather Sinclair from Perth, both who are from the British Association of Immediate Care, otherwise known as BASICS Scotland.
Heather said, “The people were great, teams were brilliant and worked well together. And thanks for the great weather!”
The simulations that took place this time around were in shorter bursts, but still offered a variety of scenarios from a victim who slipped on the rocks and lay crumpled in a difficult place to assess, a cyclist hit by a car lying on the side of the road with a blocked air passage and a casualty that had slipped on rubble and impaled their leg.
Tiree’s doctors played the convincing part of the casualties, leaving the rest of the emergency services to band together and problem solve in small groups with limited equipment. Each of the simulations lasted between 10 – 30 minutes, but each scenario gave the participants new perspectives and situations to consider that they may not have encountered before. The weather couldn’t have been better, as darkness quickly encroached with the winter season. Despite the lack of visibility, the teams met each simulation quickly, effectively and in some scenarios, good humour.
Sandy Mac said, “It was a very useful day. It was handy to see all the different services working together and learning new techniques.”
A lovely meal of fish and chips was provided by Alan, Janette and Megan Reid, warming everyone up from the crisp cold towards the end of the day.
The surgery would like to thank all participants from Tiree crews, the BASICS team, all visiting doctors and most importantly Megan, Alan and Janette for the delicious food.