Emergency first responders make it their mission to save the lives of victims who are injured because of natural or man-made disasters and accidents. To perform critical tasks, they turn to their state-of-the-art tools and equipment.
Disaster can strike anytime anywhere with little, or oftentimes, without any warning at all. This is why Emergency Response Team personnel and volunteers always make it a point to constantly train and hone their skills to prepare for disasters. These valiant souls are always the first to arrive in a disaster scene to facilitate the rescue of victims. For them, life is more important than anything else. To perform these dangerous tasks, ERT members rely on various types of equipment to do their tasks.
Calling from Space
In a disaster area, such as the extreme flooding that happened between 2010 and 2011 in the areas covering Queensland, Toowoomba, Brisbane and nearby places, the breakdown in the communication system can be expected. Mobile phones may not work because of damaged cellular towers, while regular land phone cables may have been damaged by the massive force of the flood. Without these two important systems, Internet communication would also be difficult. In such situation, satellite telecommunication equipment would definitely play a huge role in the rescue effort. This is a fact acknowledged by no less than the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs when they acknowledged the crucial role that these types of communication perform during disasters.
Stretchers and backboards are, of course, an integral part of every ERT gear. Although very simple and common enough, stretchers help ease the load when carrying the wounded to an area where it is safe. Backboards also have the same function with the added feature of helping prevent further damage if spinal injuries are present. According to Emergency Management, the victim must first be “packaged” onto the backboard before transporting him to safety.
A Critical Situation
It is not uncommon in disaster areas to see victims with life-threatening injuries. This is why an ERT vehicle is usually packed with medical equipment such as defibrillators, CPR kits, oxygen, nebulisers, and many other hospital apparatus needed to provide essential medical care before bringing the victim to the hospital.
The job of an emergency first responder can be downright difficult sometimes. Their tasks are made lighter, however, with essential tools like satellite radios or phones, as well as backboards and medical apparatus. With the right kind of gear, the chances of saving a life become higher.