Team Fundraising Events - MAY 2010
Team members in the Thames Valley, UK - on fundraising events - MAY 2010.
OUR HAITI EARTHQUAKE DISASTER RESPONSE: Please Donate
OUR TEAM IS NOW RETURNING HOME FROM PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI.
Thank you for your support and kindness. We could not do this without you.
We have hundreds of pictures from our deployment here and will upload more soon.
Well done to the team who worked on this deployment, which was led by SAR Chief & PHTLS Paramedic Gary Foo. With him were 30 year veteran and Combat Medic from the Royal Marine Commandos, Merv Redfearn, Serving member of Her Majesty's Household Cavalry and Combat Medic Class I, Gary Brown, UK PHTLS Paramedic and lecturer Che Bruce and Medical Doctors Dr. Nicola Cullum and trauma and critical care specialist Dr. Dimuthu Samaranayake.
And thanks to the UK Command and Control Team who coordinated the deployment and logistics, Virginia Foo, Kevin Toye, Robert Ellis, Nathalie Tanner and Anita Heer. This combined team effort was supported by the rest of ERT and our many kind & generous sponsors. Please see here
Our Medical USAR Team prep to enter rubble pile where voices heard underground, with German USAR team near the Cathedral, Zone 8.
Gary Foo and Dr Dimuthu Samaranayake about to enter "inner Cordon."
Merv "Gunny" Redfearn comes out from 'tunnel rat' crawl spaces for some water and a rest. Very hot and dirty conditions there.
A&E specialist Dr Dimuthu Samaranayake dealing with a Colles Fracture assisted by PHTLS Paramedic, Che Bruce.
PHTLS Paramedic Gary Foo, Critical Care Specialist Dr. "D" and Paramedic Che Bruce treating a woman with several broken bones and deep wounds.
Some scenes were like a war zone with collapsed buildings, burning fires and gunshots. (The team were very welcomed by the Haitians who were very grateful and engaging - but frustrated at the lack of food and water getting to them.)
SAR Chief and Paramedic Gary Foo administers morphine to patient.
Serving Combat Medic (with Her Majesty's Household cavalry) Gary "Pinky" Brown treats an injured 11 year old boy with broken and lacerated leg, assisted by former Royal Marine Commando; Merv "Gunny" Redfearn. (They treated the sisters too.) In the foreground NHS Dr. Nicola Cullum sorts trauma and drug pack to attend to another surgical / critical casualty coming in.
Visited by Dr. Nicola Cullum, this young Haitian girl would look for "Dr Nic" for her hug whenever she saw her.
Combat and Trauma Medic Gary "Pinky" Brown and Dr. Nic: more injections.
We evacuated this 6 year old girl with her two broken legs to the care of the University of Miami Hospital, near the UN compound Port Au Prince. She was ever so sweet and spoke with the team in French. He father was there and very grateful.
Thank you all for your kindness and support!
THUR 21 JAN 2010: Few pictures and update from the front line in Port Au Prince, Haiti. Team are well and working hard. Lots of Trauma and suffering but the team are doing well treating casualties. Team return next week. More to follow soon....
SUN 17 JAN 2010: HAITI EARTHQUAKE: After a few logistical challenges, The Emergency Response Team finally got the trip and flights all sorted! The team have started their deployment to the disaster hit Earthquake zone in Haiti. Remember you can help our charity work and donate anything here: http://www.justgiving.com/haitiAnd remember you are giving to a team who is actually working front line rescue Medics on the ground and taking aid directly!
Thank you so much for all your messages of encouragement & support! :-)
SAT 9 JAN 2010: We are now 5 days into the deployment around the clock.
Two members (Gary and Richard) called by Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service to transport Oxfordshire County Council staff who are sending professional Home Support Workers many miles all over the county and remote areas to ensure that vulnerables people and elderly are looked after. Photo: BBC.
Four Members (Merv, Paul, Rob, Richard) called by Thames Valley Police to attend Medical facility with the Police and assist with helping carers and gettig iomportant vehicles out, towing if necessary and shovelling snow.
Some members of the Emergency Response Team, (Richard, Ginny, Merv, Kevin, Gary B, Paul) standing by with Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue based at the Henley Fire Station - late shift.
Members who responded with the Police in the smaller villages and harder to access areas of the Chilterns over Oxfordshire. As many at 5 or 6 or our 4X4s working here loaded with medical gear, medical gases, defibrillators, trauma packs and splints, food and water, rescue gear, ropes, snow shovels, grit, mats, etc.
TUES 5 JAN 2010: We are deployed working for the Emergency Services due to the heavy snow, ice and cold weather. Our 4X4s are large powerful vehicles which carry winterised kit and medical and emergency response equipment. We also have Communications, Command Support, Technical Rescue, Road Traffic and special Navigation and Access equipment on board. Photo: Courtesy BBC News.
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Pictured: Team on deployment during Pakistan earthquake in Mountains of NWFP Oct 2005.
ERT SAR (Emergency Response Team) is an International Disaster Response Search and Rescue Organization. ERT SAR deploys to national and international disasters during emergencies, performs Advanced Rescue, medical, International Relief and humanitarian aid missions and also helps countries and organisations develop proactive strategies and plans to reduce and mitigate risk.
Pictured: Team Members on deployment Summer 2008 working in Peshawar North West Frontier Province of Pakistan as part of the work in developing emergency response for the Civil Defence.
There are many Search & Rescue disciplines. As well as Disaster Response teams we also provide education in all components of the Disaster Management Cycle and Capacity Building, CBDRM (Community Based) Disaster Risk Management / DRR (Disaster Risk Reduction) and Resilience.
ERT SAR also maintains a presence in the UK through local community programmes, events, fundraisers, training and NHS Medical First Responder programmes. like the Community First Responder or CFR programmes by medical volunteers.
ERT SAR is based in the UK (physically located in London and the Thames Valley) but have members nationally from the North of England to the South Coast and Wales to the East Coast. ERT SAR is also now developing teams abroad.
Although we are currently not recruiting for Operational Members, we are always looking for keen volunteers to support the work of the charity. Get in touch!
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OCTOBER 2009: Operational Training Course
Pictured below: Team Building and Communications Exercise
Pictured below: LEFT: Paul, Martin, Kevin & Scott doing a "Bonnet Briefing." RIGHT PICTURE: Medical Doctors: Dr Sam, Dr Nicola & Dr Dee, with Combat Medic Gary, EMT Kevin (and 'casualty' Merv) on C-Spine Control.
Thanks to Mediwrap Thermal Products for the blankets.
Emergency Response & Search & Rescue Book
The latest book on Emergency Response and Search and Rescue has just been released. SAR Chief Gary Foo wrote this comprehensive reference guide with a Foreword by Police Chief Inspector Richard Auger and recommendations from US Air Force Commander and Special Forces Pararescue Jumper Troy Arce and former 22 Special Air Service (SAS) and Chairman of Globerisk Intl, Alan Bell.
AUG 2009: FUN FITNESS TEST & SURVIVAL TRAINING
Members of ERT Search & Rescue did one of their regular fitness tests (this was the enhanced which the 20 push up, 30 crunches, wind sprints, run, toe touch and body carry at the end.)
The reason is it called the 'fun' version is during the session members participated in a search and survival training component on the move where powers of observation are tested along side what youcan eat in the wilds and how to survival in the wilderness.
(Here Paul is talking about wild foods like mushrooms on one of the brief stops along the way!)
Members of ERT Search & Rescue Marine Unit provide annual water safety and medical cover on the River Thames and provide demonstrations and water safety talks. The weekend event was well attended by a dozen and a half members who provided a commedable professional service as complimented by the organisers and public.
HAPPY WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY
ERT Search & Rescue would like to wish everyone a very Happy World Humanitarian Day - 2009.