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Ambulance service helps in flooded areas

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The North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) joined forces with eight ambulance services across the UK to help deal with flooding in Somerset.

They provided two hazardous area response team paramedics (HART) 24 hours-a-day to assist the South Western Ambulance Service, when an area of about 25 square miles flooded and left communities cut off.

HART are trained to operate in challenging conditions such as hazardous environments, to ensure patients can be reached and receive the medical treatment they need.

Paul Kudray, director of resilience for NWAS said: “We are grateful to the NWAS staff who were able to be part of the mutual aid arrangements which helped us support the national response.”

He added: “Mutual aid requirements and the ability to share staff, resources and equipment are critical as part of interoperability between the emergency services.”

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