In this section we have invited multi agency experts to share their experiences and outline their services roles and responsibilities when managing the scene of an emergency to help you understand the support they can offer.


Peter Lorrain-Smith – Police Scotland

Peter Lorrain-Smith

Responders of all types are focused on saving life but what happens if the scene becomes a crime scene?  What is a crime scene and how do we manage this?  Peter takes us through the roles, responsibilities of the police and responders at the scene and what might happen post the event.

Key points from this podcast:

  • Understand that the Police aim is to save life
  • Carry ID when possible
  • Don’t touch anything you don’t need to – if you do, admit to it!

Listen to Peter’s podcast below.

Peter Lorrain-Smith - Police Scotland

Adrian Kay – H.M. Coastguard

Adrian Kay

Adrian Kay, Senior Coastal Operations Officer for H.M. Coastguard, explains more about the 3 sections of the coastguard service, and how the 3000 volunteers make up the 400 UK crews.

Understanding how these crews fit into the responder network, and what their roles, responsibilities and capabilities are, will allow BASICS Scotland Responders to make better use of these resources in the future.

Top tips from this podcast:
  • Call early- via ambulance control to the Coastguard Ops Room rather than local contacts
  • Think creatively – HMCG can provide an adaptive rescue ’toolbox’ to assist in remote areas
  • Given all of the assets the Coastguard coordinates (air, sea and land), keep them in mind as a resource if you are stuck with a job
Resources related to this podcast:

Maritime & Coastguard Agency YouTube Channel

HM Coastguard Operations Centres

HM Coastguard website –

Listen to Adrian’s podcast below.

Adrian Kay - H.M. Coastguard

Duncan Tripp – UK SAR

Duncan Tripp

In this podcast Duncan explains the role of Coastguard operations including the interaction with the Emergency Services and BASICS Scotland Responders.

Key points from this podcast:

  • Escalate early via trauma desk to the ARCC
  • Look at the online ISAR resource ahead of time
  • Follow up any jobs and feedback

Listen to Duncan’s podcast below.

Duncan Tripp - UK SAR

Stuart Braithwaite – RNLI

Stuart chats us through the roles, responsibilities and skill set of the voluntary emergency service the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), including not only their role of saving lives at sea but also their involvement with patient transfer, education and other lesser known about duties.


Key points from this podcast:
  • Have a look at the RNLI check cards and see how they work and how useful they are in a handover and management of the patient.
  • If you are involved in working with the RNLI take guidance from the lifeboat crew as they are responsible for you and the patients safety on and around the boat.
  • Get to know what your local crews can do, how to contact them and utilise the service when and where you can. The crews trained to a very high standard and are keen to help wherever and whenever they can
Resources related to this podcast:

RNLI Website:

Respect the Water Campaign: 

Listen to Stuart’s podcast below.

Stuart Braithwaite - RNLI

Damon Powell – Roles, Responsibilities and Capabilities of MRT

Damon, Chair of Scottish Mountain Rescue, chats us through the roles, responsibilities and skillsets of the volunteer rescue teams that the organisation represents.  As part of our multi-agency series, which gives us some insight into the organisations that we may meet as responders in the field.


Top 3 Points from this podcast:
  • Notify the teams early, don’t delay in asking for the response the teams would much rather be tasked early and stood down when not needed than have a late response.
  • The teams will bring you the ability to access the most difficult terrain and environments or extract the patient to you from these places. They also bring the manpower and equipment required to move and handle patients in these environments.
  • As BASICS responders the team members will support your medical requirements in the management of the patient, the teams are focused on the event being patient-centric and will support you wherever possible.
Resources related to this podcast:

Scottish Mountain Rescue

Listen to Damon’s podcast below.

Damon Powell - Roles, Responsibilities and Capabilities of MRT