Fire crews and ambulances descend on campus

Published: 15 May 2015 at 13:53

Anglia Ruskin sees crashes and casualties – but it’s all part of the training for students.

Emergency vehicles descended on Anglia Ruskin University this week, but there was no crisis – it was to help train paramedics of the future.

Students on the BSc Paramedic Science course were given several scenarios to work on as part of their training before they head out on placement with the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust later this year.

Students treated “casualties” who had suffered a variety of issues from cardiac arrest to serious limb injuries, using a mixture of different equipment and approaches to manage the patients and situations appropriately.

The event was supported by staff and vehicles from Essex Fire and Rescue Service and Essex Police. Clinical managers from the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust also assisted.

Senior Lecturer David Brown said: 

“We are training the paramedics of the future at Anglia Ruskin University, so it is vital that students get experience in realistic scenarios that they could face while on placement."

“It won’t be long before our students are assisting paramedics for real as part of their placements later in the course, so this event was an ideal opportunity for them to put the theory they have learned into practise.”

Anglia Ruskin students have already undertaken placements with the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust. The course is run in partnership with both East of England and London Ambulance Service.