St John Ambulance holds casualty simulation exercise in Lowestoft

St John Ambulance casualty simulation exercise in Lowestoft. Pictures: MICK HOWES

St John Ambulance casualty simulation exercise in Lowestoft. Pictures: MICK HOWES - Credit: Archant

An illegal rave at which a fight had broken out was the scenario as emergency services descended on a Lowestoft high school.

St John Ambulance casualty simulation exercise in Lowestoft. Pictures: MICK HOWES

St John Ambulance casualty simulation exercise in Lowestoft. Pictures: MICK HOWES - Credit: Archant

But while the incident involved a number of casualties and emergency responders at the weekend, it was nothing to be alarmed about.

Onlookers had been urged not to be concerned by what could appear to be a major incident at one of the town's schools – as St John Ambulance had instead organised a casualty simulation exercise to train its volunteers and staff at East Point Academy on Saturday.

The scenario facing nearly 60 people from St John Ambulance's Lowestoft unit and Suffolk Constabulary saw a 'meticulously planned' exercise carried out.

The exercise had been arranged to provide ongoing training for the first aid charity's volunteers as well as a number of 'Specials' from the constabulary.

St John Ambulance casualty simulation exercise in Lowestoft. Pictures: MICK HOWES

St John Ambulance casualty simulation exercise in Lowestoft. Pictures: MICK HOWES - Credit: Archant


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Over the course of four hours on Saturday evening, participants had to deal with various first aid conditions ranging from intoxication and drug use through to head, neck and chest injuries and broken bones from the fight.

Rave music and flashing disco lights for the first phase of the exercise added to the realistic nature of the event.

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Police cadets attended during the evening and carried out role play skills as the ravers, as they were told to be as obstructive and difficult as possible.

Fake arrests were made as the first aiders went about their duties treating the injured and unwell. In addition to the first aiders, St John Ambulance Emergency Transport Attendants and Radio Comms volunteers had the opportunity to brush up their skills during the exercise.

St John Ambulance casualty simulation exercise in Lowestoft. Pictures: MICK HOWES

St John Ambulance casualty simulation exercise in Lowestoft. Pictures: MICK HOWES - Credit: Archant

Anne Willis, a volunteer at the Lowestoft unit, said: 'The exercise was meticulously planned in the weeks beforehand to make it as realistic as possible.

'On the day it went extremely well, exceeding our expectations, and everyone performed brilliantly. The presence of the Police and Police Cadets added an extra dimension to the exercise and I'd like to thank them along with the Academy and Andy Ling of Liquid DJ, who provided free of charge the disco equipment that was used.

'Feedback has been excellent and we're looking forward to arranging our next casualty simulation in the near future.'

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