HMC Ambulance Services launch new major incident response vehicles
At the recent International Conference in Emergency Medicine and Public Health, Hamad Medical Corporation’s Ambulance Service (HMCAS) showcased their new Major Incident Response vehicles.
Making use of specially designed rapidly deployable containers, these vehicles are equipped with all the necessary requirements to deal with a major incident in their three type configurations, namely: medical, decontamination and logistics.
In the event of a major incident, these units would be deployed by the Specialized Emergency Management team within HMCAS to provide emergency medical support. The medical vehicle contains all the resources required to create a temporary field treatment area with a variety of air conditioned tents in which patients can be treated according to their clinical acuity. The units are staffed by specially trained crews who will rapidly deploy all the necessary shelters and equipment in preparation for the treatment and stabilization of patients by Ambulance Paramedics and Critical Care Paramedics prior to transferring them to one of Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Emergency Departments. The medical decontamination unit enables clinical teams to support other emergency response agencies in the event of a major incident involving a hazardous material.
The aim is to deploy these vehicles to major incidents involving multiple casualties to assist Emergency Departments with surge capacity and decontamination, as well as to any large scale event where there are more than 25,000 people, to ensure that they are on hand should there be any adverse event. In addition, a set of trucks will be stationed at Hamad International Airport in preparedness for any major aircraft or ground emergency at the airport or offsite. The other units are stationed around the country, in keeping with the hub and spoke model, so they are available should they be required.
These new Major Incident Response vehicles join part of the overall HMCAS fleet, which includes more than 160 ambulances, 20 rapid response vehicles and three helicopters responding to more than 100,000 emergency medical calls each year.