Aug Sunday 20 2006
Our colleagues in St. John Ambulance Brigade received recently into their vehicle fleet, a brand new Nissan Patrol vehicle, which has been customised as an incident support vehicle primarily for the many off-road incidents St. John Ambulance Bridage are called to provide assistance at (i.e., motorcross events, Gymkhanas).
One of the SJAB officers who also works in NWAS Paramedic Emergency Control (Greater Manchester locality) approached the team for our assistance with providing SJAB with some off-road familiarity awareness training with their new vehicle.
The team were happy to oblige and team member Andrew Ryding (who also acts as one of the team’s in-house off-road driving instructors) offered to assist and today went out with two St. John Ambulance personnel and their brand new vehicle into the team’s operational moorland area, where they were given a full afternoon of driving experience on the many moorland tracks which exist in our team area. Their training was curtailed when we were called to a moorland search incident with the two SJAB personnel getting to see how the team operates on a search, first hand (even though we were very quickly stood down on scene)
Team member Andy Ryding and the new SJAB vehicle – prior to getting it dirty for the first time!