Paramedics scale height

ORE Catapult's 27m high wind turbing training tower.
ORE Catapult's 27m high wind turbing training tower.

More than 40 paramedics have completed an intensive working at height and rescue training course, delivered using a wind turbine training tower at Narec in Blyth.

The team from the North East Ambulance Service hazardous area response team were able to familiarise themselves with onshore wind turbines and undertake emergency procedures.

Instructors from Rescue North East trained paramedics on access methods when undertaking an emergency procedure on a wind turbine using the vertical ladder and fixed vertical fall arrest system, as well as techniques for self-recovery and casualty recovery.

Paul Renwick, managing director for Rescue North East, said: “The training facilities available has enabled us to provide the quality training we need to equip paramedics to be able to work safely and carry out rescues in hazardous areas.”