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plans for a range of alerting the hospital to have been trained

different incidents. Risk can prepare for casualties, by the Ambulance

never be eliminated but it is keeping the control room Service to
possible to plan for its updated and setting up key provide support
consequences. areas such as a casualty during a major
clearing station. incident. Whilst
When an emergency call is the frontline
first received from a The Ambulance Attendant crews start to
member of the public it can immediately assumes the triage and treat
be confusing and it is role of Ambulance Incident the casualties,
usually not until the first Officer, but this role is the ASU erect
emergency service arrives handed over to a more two major
on the scene that a clear senior officer as soon as incident tents for
and accurate picture will they arrive at the scene. use as Casualty
begin to emerge. The These officers have Clearing Stations. This is
handling. Some members
actions of this first specialist knowledge in where all casualties are
have been trained in the
vehicle are vital to dealing with a range of taken to be assessed and
use of chemical protection
ensure an situations including if necessary treated, prior
suits and will help to
appropriate Chemical, Biological, being taken to the
decontaminate casualties
response, Radioactive and Nuclear hospital. Once the tents
who have been exposed to
such incidents. have been set up, the unit
dangerous substances.
as assists their full time
Backing them up is the colleagues in managing
We all hope that we will
Ambulance Support Unit casualties and
never have to use the
which is made up of thirty transporting them to the
services of the States of
unpaid volunteers who clearing stations. All ASU
Jersey Ambulance Service
can respond when members are trained in
but it is good to know that
paged. These basic life support as well
they are in good shape,
volunteers as first aid and manual
just in case!
For further information, please contact the
ambulance service on 444710 or visit the States
of Jersey Emergency planning web pages at
www.gov.je/ChiefMinister/Emergencyplanning
IN AN EMERGENCY THE AUTHORITIES WILL BROADCAST EMERGENCY AND SAFETY
INFORMATION ON LOCAL RADIO STATIONS, TELEVISION AND WEB SITES.
BBC Radio Jersey on 1026 khz/292 meters or 88.8 FM - www.bbc.co.uk/jersey
Local Commercial Radio ‘Channel 103’ on 103.7 FM - www.channel103.com
BBC Spotlight ‘Channel Islands’ - www.bbc.co.uk/jersey
Channel Television - www.channelonline.tv
Jersey Evening Post – www.thisisjersey.com


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