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Specialist Rescue Team Attend Leeds Explosion

01 May 2008

1 May 2008

The YAS Paramedics USAR team at a training exerciseYorkshire Ambulance Service’s (YAS) Paramedic Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team was recently mobilised to attend an explosion at a derelict Leeds pub.

YAS received a call at 13:38 on 22 April after reports of an explosion on Beckett Street, Leeds. Two emergency ambulances were immediately dispatched to the scene as well as an emergency care practitioner and an operational supervisor.

The explosion badly damaged the building and showered debris around the area, causing injury to five people.

YAS’s USAR team was mobilised to work alongside the police and fire service to ensure that there was no-one in danger inside the building. The team is highly trained to provide emergency treatment in precarious rescue operations where patients may be trapped, or in places where access is extremely difficult.

The team was the first of its kind to be introduced in the UK, and since it was established in September 2007 a total of ten YAS paramedics have so far undergone the rigorous training programme.

Caption: The YAS Paramedics USAR team at a training exercise

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