HART capability boosted following planning approval
Planning approval for a temporary Hazardous
Area Response Team (HART) base in Gatwick is set to boost
specialist ambulance provision for South East Coast Ambulance
Service NHS Foundation Trust.
The site in the Gatwick area will provide
facilities for 42 specially trained staff, along with vehicles and
equipment designed to respond to incidents where casualties are in
Teams are equipped to deal with a wide range
of incidents from chemical leaks, urban search and rescue
incidents, to flooding, safe working at height and multi-vehicle
road traffic collisions.
Working with partner emergency services they
provide improved life-saving support, triage and treatment in line
with government initiatives and legislation.
HART manager, Neil Harrison, said: “As far the
planning application is concerned this is a very exciting prospect
as we can now look at developing and converting the building to
operate as a HART base.
“This will enable us to respond to hazardous
incidents in the western half of SECAmb much quicker and more
effectively, as well as provide support for our East HART team in
HART recently dealt with a large scale
chemical fire in the East Grinstead area, which saw its breathing
apparatus crews stood by with fire crews and assisted in treating
patients suffering from chemical burns.
Clinicians receive intensive training
including the use of breathing apparatus and limited life gas-tight
chemical suits to facilitate entry into hazardous areas, providing
treatment to patients earlier, thus improving clinical outcome. In
addition to urban search and rescue, how to operate safely at
height and around water, HART are working towards forming the
ambulance service’s maritime incident response team (AMIRT).
Specialist vehicles include off road 4x4 and
urban search and rescue vehicles as well as a state-of-the-art
When not responding to HART calls, teams will
provide operational support to the Trust’s 999 fleet with two
Single Response Vehicles and a frontline ambulance.
The planning application was approved by
Crawley Borough Council at a committee meeting on January 24.