Bri­tain’s tough­est medics!

The paramedics tack­ling crit­i­cal cases in the most dan­ger­ous places…

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The NHS’s haz­ardous area re­sponse teams, or HART for short, are the world’s lead­ing paramedics. Formed af­ter the 7/7 Lon­don bomb­ings, they’re spe­cially selected and highly trained, and dis­patched to the front line when ter­ror­ists strike, build­ings col­lapse, or dur­ing firearms in­ci­dents.


A new 10-part se­ries fol­lows the York­shire Am­bu­lance Ser­vice HART team as they treat in­jured pa­tients in ex­treme en­vi­ron­ments, from rag­ing rivers to pot­holes. ‘We’re the peo­ple who go in the direc­tion

of where some­thing went bang and other peo­ple go in the op­po­site direc­tion,’ ex­plains para­medic Dar­ren.

First up, the team is called to an ac­ci­dent on the M1. A tanker is leak­ing toxic chem­i­cals af­ter crash­ing into a con­crete gantry. The driver’s cab is crushed.

‘The HGV driver is pinned at his waist by the steer­ing wheel.’ ex­plains para­medic Paul. ‘Ob­vi­ously, we don’t want any dan­ger­ous gases around.’

As fire­fight­ers work to free the driver, Paul gives him vi­tal med­i­cal at­ten­tion in haz­ardous con­di­tions. Amaz­ingly, the trucker has only suf­fered a bro­ken leg and he and the HART team are able to es­cape the dan­gers of the chem­i­cal spill.

‘For­tu­nately, he didn’t have a pas­sen­ger be­cause the pas­sen­ger com­part­ment is ab­so­lutely flat­tened,’ says Paul.

The elite paramedics are also seen treat­ing a wo­man who has tum­bled 40ft down a cliff, and a man trapped un­der his car when a jack col­lapses.


‘My fam­ily know I’m in a risky part of the am­bu­lance ser­vice, but I wouldn’t want to frighten them,’ ad­mits Dar­ren.

‘We have a job to do and just have to get on and do it.’

Per­ilous sit­u­a­tion… The crashed tanker

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