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When a training night becomes a real incident

Wednesday night is one of the Teams regular training nights and tonight the charity Redcar & Cleveland Mind were at our team base to deliver a course giving us a further insight into mental health issues.

The session was abruptly interrupted when we were contacted by NEAS (North East Ambulance Service) to respond to reports of a child who had fallen from rocks on the Eston Hills near the recognisable England flag.

Team members couldn’t have been in a better place to respond and we despatched our two Land Rover Ambulances and the on loan Sytner Mercedes-Benz Teesside Mercedes, whilst some team members manned our control room. It also gave our new prospective members, who have also started training, a chance to see the team deploying live.

The 12 year old boy was quickly located, treated for his lower leg injury and given pain relief. We then carried him in our stretcher back to our Land Rovers located at the telecommunications masts. He was then driven back down to the roadside and handed over to the waiting RVV (Rapid Response Vehicle and County Ambulance paramedics for further assessment and transfer to hospital.

The incident which started in daylight soon turned into a headtorch illuminated extraction as darkness fell with the Tees Valley lights blinking far below.

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