The inaugural Yorkshire and Humberside Immediate Emergency Care Conference has been hosted by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS).

The event brought together leading medics from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) NHS Trust, with casualty care specialists and trainers from West, South and North Yorkshire and Humberside fire and rescue services. The forum gave the region's top doctors and firefighters the opportunity to share life-saving information and debate the field of trauma care.

Speakers included YAS Medical Director Dr Alison Walker and WYFRS Area Manager Brian Robson who welcomed delegates. Rodger Gregson, Assistant Clinical Director at YAS spoke on the subject of resuscitation and Dr Julian Mark, Associate Medical Director at YAS, briefed attendees on crime scene management. Representatives from YAS's Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) were also in attendance and delivered a presentation on water rescue and first aid. The YAS Training and Education Manager Bryan Ward discussed instructional methods in adult education and Dr Dave Macklin, Associate Medical Director at YAS, spoke about major incident triage and arterial tourniquets. Watch Manager Graham Toms from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service discussed a safe approach to hybrid cars.

The conference provided an ideal opportunity for delegates to discuss and debate various subjects, including the use of burn shields, bag valve masks, the patient report form, use of equinox and trauma bags. Workshops took place on triage, tourniquets and airway adjuncts with SimMan.

Area Manager Brian Robson, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service's Senior Planning, Preparedness and Resilience Officer, said: "This is a major step forward for both the fire and rescue service and ambulance service, and will undoubtedly help to save more lives in the future, improving our already high level of first aid knowledge."

Dr Julian Mark, Associate Medical Director at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: "This conference brought together emergency service practitioners from different fields who were able to share best practice and the latest developments in their area of expertise. I hope it will be the first in a series of conferences which will benefit patients and ensure an even closer working relationship between the emergency services."


Posted October 21at, 2011 at 0840 by Andrew. Comment by emailing: