28 July 2015 - Safety Awareness Show 2015 Multi-Agency Event Success

Safety Awareness ShowTen members of North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) staff from Cheshire and Merseyside voluntarily attended the Safety Awareness Show on the Wirral, during a three day period to represent the Trust at a health promotion event attended by 1,055 school children. Ranks including EMT1s, Paramedics, Community Specialist Paramedics, Assistant Operations Managers, Community 999 Team and Advanced Paramedics who all partook an equal role in the event at the Emergency Services Training College hailed as a success by the Wirral Mayor. Such was the success of the event that the Mayor has specifically requested that it run at least twice a year for the children of the local region. NWAS successfully worked alongside a collaborative team of other emergency services, healthcare and community providers of over 450 staff.

During the event, staff replicated the scene of a Road Traffic Collision with multiple vehicles and mannequins and invited excited youngsters to participate in experiencing spinal immobilisation from scene and debriefed with safety awareness. The children were also provided a tour of an emergency vehicle and also the air ambulance which was based on site by Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) staff. Staff provided first aid training, Basic Life Saving instruction and Automated External Defibrillator awareness.

During the tiring three day event, NWAS staff personally saw to the training of over 500 children alongside medical staff from Arrowe Park Hospital. North West Tonight filmed the NWAS demonstration with interviewed children saying they had a new found respect for safety awareness and had valued the skills learnt on the day.        

The event provided a great team bonding event and gave staff the chance to interact with the community.