The recent rise in UK terror attacks has posed an important question to the pre-hospital community: to what extent should paramedics put themselves at risk in an active situation, and what can citizens caught up in an attack do to help until it is safe for emergency services to enter the area? A new app hopes to ease the pressure on emergency services by training citizens to act effectively in a Mass Casualty Incident.
The innovative citizenAID App, launched earlier this year, aims to educate the UK public in how to treat the wounded in the aftermath of an attack. The app also has details on how to pass on effective messages to the emergency services when they arrive on-scene.
citizenAID is an initiative created by four of the country’s top military and civilian clinicians with the aim of educating the public in the best course of action for when the unthinkable happens. In the event of a terrorist attack, citizenAID recommends that a fourth step should be added to the government’s current advice of ‘Run, Hide, Tell,’ which is ‘Treat.’
Other things members of the public can do to help relieve the pressure on the emergency services is take a basic first-aid training course, or ready their home or business with some form of haemorrhage control, or crisis response kit.
Telford-based medical supplies company SP Services, who provide expert advice to citizenAID, have recently extended their operating hours to 24-hours-a-day in response to the heightened threat-level. SP now provide ready-packed crisis response kits which take into account the current guidelines of the UK’s National Counter Terrorism Security Office.
Managing Director of SP Services, Steve Bray, said: “It’s a sad fact of life that we live in a climate where citizenAID needs to exist, but this initiative represents a huge step forward as it can help the public make themselves less vulnerable to terrorist attacks. Most importantly though, this new app means that the average citizen isn’t completely helpless if they are unfortunate enough to find themselves caught up in an attack.”
The citizenAID app is available for FREE, ad-free from Google Play, Apple App and the Windows Store. You can find free familiarisation materials on the charity’s organisational website www.citizenaid.org
To find out more about SP services, please visit their website:
01952 288 999 – During Business Hours
07710 920 775 – Out of Business Hours (in case there is no answer, leave a voicemail or a text and you will be called straight back)