In this week’s podcast Alastair Beer talks about the role of the RAF Mountain Rescue; how it differs from the civilian Mountain Rescue and what capabilities it has. He highlights the dangers of air crash sites and the hazards that face responders who are tasked to air accidents.
Key points from this podcast:
- If it is a military aircraft always assume it is armed and with a civilian aircraft consider the ballistic recovery systems therefore always assume you are working under a high level of risk at any aircraft crash site.
- Only enter the crash sites if you have to save life or for recognition of life extinct for anything else stay out of the crash site. If you have to go into the site consider preservation of evidence while working on scene
- A crash site will be a really confusing, hazardous and unpleasant place and if first on scene you could be dealing with multiple casualties which is a very difficult situation to find yourself in. Take a moment, take a deep breath and have a think about the scene and make sure you are safe before approaching. Quickly declare a Major incidence and accurately report a METHANE report about the incident back to ambulance control before you start to treat patients, especially if you are first on scene.
Resources related to this podcast:
Guidance publication for Aircraft Post Crash Management – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/375909/Guidance_Pub_version_High_amend.pdf
Listen to Alastair’s podcast below.