NEW AMBUL ANCE LANDING SITES COULD PROVE LIFESAVERS Specially designated heli copter landing sites on Teesside s main manufacturi ng sites could save lives. That s the view of i ndustry and ambulance chiefs who have j oined forces and identified six Teesside industrial locations for air ambulance landings for serious medical emergencies requiring immediate specialist attention. The locations at Wilton, Billingham, North Tees, Seal Sands, Yar m and Greatham mean time can be saved gett ing seriously injured people to hospitals throughout the region and beyond. Some of the si tes have two or more landing areas. Barry Scollay, Sembcor p UK Emergency Planning Officer, who has been wor king on the project for 18 months alongside Great North Ai r Ambulance Service (GNAAS) Teesside Chief Pilot Chris Attrill, said: Thankfully events requiring helicopter lifts from the main industrial sites on Teesside are extremely rare. However, knowing that we have these locations considerably enhances si te safety and the ability of companies and the emer gency ser vices to respond effect ively to injury accidents at the mai n manufactur ing locations. Sembcorp instigated the project speci fically for the Wilton International site, but after talking to, GNAAS, the North East Ambul ance Service, the Police and industry chiefs at other sites, ot her locations were identified as interest grew. The landing sites have onl y recently gone live and some have alr eady been tested as part of emergency exer cises. The intention is to test them al l in a series of major exercises over the next few year s. Matthew Ward, operations director of GNAAS, said: Minutes can be vi tal in saving lives and these si tes help us to dramatically cut the amount of t ime it would take to get a seriousl y injured person to one of the region s specialist hospitals. - ends
"NEW AMBULANCE LANDING SITES COULD PROVE LIFESAVERS"