4:30pm Saturday 12th October 2013
A brand new ambulance base was officially opened yesterday.
The East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) has built a new base for its Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) in Great Notley.
An opening ceremony was attended by guests including Braintree MP Brooks Newmark and Essex Fire chaplain, the Rev Rob Binks.
Rob Flute, head of resilience and special operations for EEAST, said: “We are delighted to have opened this state of the art facility and we want to say thanks to everyone for attending.
"A special thank you has to go to everyone who has put in a lot of hard work to make this happen.
“HART is a vital asset to Essex, whole of the east of England and indeed the whole country.
"It is reassuring to know that should there be a major incident, we have highly skilled medics who can reach patients quickly and safely.
"HART also carries out important work on a daily basis, from carrying out urban search and rescues in collapsed and damaged buildings, to providing medical assistance in difficult to access locations.”
EEAST now has two HART teams - groups of paramedics and emergency medical technicians who have specialist training and equipment that allows them to provide emergency patient care faster at the scene of a major incident.
The base in Great Notley will be manned 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year and will be staffed by a team of six specialist HART medics, with 42 members of HART being based there in total.
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