Aeromedical Conference returns after two-year hiatus
After a two year hiatus due to the pandemic, an annual conference specifically aimed at medics, students, emergency and military personnel, who are interested in the pre-hospital environment, returned on the 15th June.
The Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Aeromedical Conference, which, took place at Ford Dunton Technical Centre in Laindon, near Basildon was attended by over 300 delegates.
Themed as ‘Aeromed – Threat. Response. Recovery.’ The free to attend conference focused on how the emergency services work in collaboration to save lives. Following an incident timeline, the day’s programme began with a presentation giving a regional perspective on counter terrorism and domestic terrorism threats. This was followed by an insightful presentation on how teams deal with high pressure incidents.
There was a case study presentation on the Las Vegas shootings in 2017, and an informative and emotional talk on ‘Operation Pitting: the evacuation of Kabul Airport’, which was given a standing ovation by the delegates.
Other presentations focused on protecting the psychological health and wellbeing of responders during and after incidents, and the work of the Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Team, specifically its involvement in the identification of victims at both the Grenfell tower fire and the recent persons in transit incident in Grays, Essex.
The conference was chaired by Essex & Herts Air Ambulance’s, Medical Director, Dr Neal Durge. Speakers came from all areas of the emergency services and included: Counter Terrorism Security Advisor from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit, Peter Hood; Dr Stephen Hearns, who works with Scotland’s Emergency Medical Retrieval Service; Western United States HEMS paramedic, Jeff Yost; retired Detective Superintendent and Head of Major Crime, Jo Walker, Eastern Region DVI Co-ordinator; Captain Neil Jeffers, Chief Pilot at London’s Air Ambulance; EHAAT Clinician, Dr Amy Hughes; Dr Claire Park, Consultant in Pre-hospital Care, and Jo Mildenhall, Mental Health Project Lead at the College of Paramedics (UK).
Headline sponsors for the event included Leonardo Helicopters, Specialist Aviation Services, and Ford, who generously provided the venue and refreshments for all delegates on the day. It also provided the delegates with test drive opportunities, to try out the new ford electric vehicles on the Dunton track.
During breaks, delegates were able to network with organisations who support the air ambulance and emergency services by supplying medical equipment, crew apparel – including SIM bodies, CPR compression machines, helicopter helmets, and recruitment services.
Jane Gurney, CEO at Essex & Herts Air Ambulance said: “It was great to bring back the pre-hospital care community after what has been such a difficult couple of years, and I would like to thank our speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, and everyone that made this fantastic and truly inspirational day possible.”
In addition to the headline sponsors for Aeromed – Threat. Response. Recovery: Specialist Aviation Services, Ford and Leonardo Helicopters, other exhibitors and supporters included:
- Philips Electronics Ltd
- The Ortus Group
- Zoll Medical Ltd
- Gaumard Scientific
- Safeguard Medical
- Fenton Pharmaceuticals
- Peli Biothermal
- Pax Bags
- MDS Civil Engineering Ltd
- Royal Air Force
- Rig Equipment Ltd
- Hunter Apparel Solutions
- College of Paramedics
- Key Survival Equipment
- Open House Products