Michael Coleby the Emergency Response Logistics Officer for the Staffordshire, Warwickshire & West Midlands area of the Red Cross has let us know about the official launch, on the 26th November, of a flood logistics team comprising 20 on call members of staff/volunteers.
The group will work as part of an emergency response team in support of category one and two responders and other agencies such as government departments. It aims to provide practical and emotional support to those affected by a major flooding or disaster, at locations designated by Category One or Two responders (Fire, Police and ambulance service) and work as part of a team delivering humanitarian aid to people in flood affected areas (In Land Rover and Bedford trucks). It will assist in setting up aid stations from where supplies can be delivered
Tasks may involve wading both in an out of water in Vehicles (training provided by Land Rover) and on foot; Manually loading and unloading large goods vehicles; Setting up rest areas providing beds, blankets and hygiene packs; Performing vehicle recovery tasks if needed (Training provided by Land Rover); Being trained in river bank rescues using rescue lines and First Aid competent; Helping extract people affected by the floods to a rest centre or a safer location. Also, during the winter, the team will be taking part in the winter pressure works assisting the national ambulance service reach patients that a normal land ambulance can’t reach. We then extract the patient either to the hospital required or to a safe exchange point. Another point of this is helping transport paramedics to stations and/or Gold, Silver or Bronze staff to their command posts.
The team has recently just purchased another 130 Land Rover which is to be converted into another 4x4 ambulance to operate alongside the Defender 110 SW, Defender 110 Ambulance and a Defender 130 Ambulance that the tea, already has.