There would be little benefit in SSART providing a search and rescue capability if we did not have the capacity to provide basic casualty management.
All team members are trained to a basic level of casualty care, ensuring life-saving interventions can be delivered by the first person on scene whilst awaiting specialist medical assistance. These skills include scene safety, initial assessment and management of casualties with time-critical injuries, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of an automated external defibrillation (AED). Additional regular training within the team focuses on casualty handling and using the various stretchers and associated equipment we carry. A team approach is essential in ensuring safe, effective and timely evacuation of a casualty, which may require negotiating difficult terrain.
Team members who are interested in taking their skills further have the opportunity to undertake First Person on Scene Intermediate course, extending their skills in dealing with catastrophic bleeding, spinal injuries, airway management & ventilation support and managing fractures (broken bones) & other injuries. We also have a number of registered health care professionals and ambulance technicians within the team. Some of our members also respond for West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) as Community First Responders (CFR), gaining further valuable training and experience and enhancing our working relationship with our ambulance service colleagues.