Last weekend NEWSAR attended more callouts than in any other 48 hour period since it was established in 1981.
Over 20 team members, directed by five in-house search managers, used our two landrover ambulances to respond to 22 emergency call outs between Friday 22nd and Sunday 24th March.
Much of the team’s efforts was in a supportive role to the Welsh Ambulance Service, NHS Trust. The extreme weather that had hit the region meant the ambulance service was not able to respond to 999 calls and requested assistance from NEWSAR.
Our volunteer team members battled poor visibility, treacherous road conditions, 10ft snow drifts and fallen trees in order to reach members of the public that required emergency medical treatment.
Highly trained medics and the team doctor worked around the clock to reach the most remote locations, ensuring that help was at hand to everyone.
Once on scene, an assessment and immediate treatment was carried out. Patients were monitored, made comfortable and readied for a safe extraction.
Patients that had initially been cut off by the snow, left stranded in their homes and vehicles, were transferred to an ambulance or taken directly to the nearest hospital.
Business as usual
On top of all the snow related callouts, we were also responding to our usual job, including the rescue of three walkers on the Long Mynd in Shropshire and a family trapped in their car on a remote forest track south of Denbigh.