The day opened with each attendee introducing themselves to their colleagues explaining why they had chosen to attend the session. After a short presentation and safety brief the day got underway. Split into five smaller teams they quickly got to grips with the various disciplines the team had arranged for them.
Each discipline was overseen by an experienced female HART member of staff and included a safe working at height exercise, climbing the tower and abseiling down whilst having their confidence tested with a dexterity exercise whilst suspended several meters in the air! They undertook a confined space exercise in the station rig as well as a breathing apparatus and communication exercise in a pitch black room.
Unfortunately they were unable to experience a live water exercise because of restrictions at Salford Quays due to a bird flu outbreak but they did get the chance to don the PPE and try out some bank side rescue techniques. They even got to trial the new virtual reality triage equipment developed by one of our very own HART staff members.
HART is made up of specially trained paramedics who attend incidents that have the potential to be more dangerous, those which require a more specialised set of skills, or incidents that are declared a major incident.