Our responders have been out again with the pagers bursting into life at around 14:50 yesterday afternoon ( 21/08/12 ) A call from ambulance control to a person who had slipped on the flat rocks in Kimmeridge bay and was suffering a head injury. Sue and Keith were quickly on the scene along with the Steve from our Kimmeridge Coastguard team. They found the person in the main car park being looked after by some other holiday makers. The person had a very nasty head wound and swelling to the back of their head and from what others had said this person had slipped up with both feet flying and landing straight on the back of their head. An ambulance arrived from Wimbourne some 30 minutes later and took the person to Poole A&E.
A gentle reminder to anyone who visits our wonderful bay the rocks are VERY VERY slippery, stay off anything that looks wet and is brown/black or green in colour, some of the flat rocks look very dry but take great care it’s like walking on ice. Wear good soled shoes or boots with good grip NOT flat soles or flip flops you can change into this type of footwear once you make your camp on the beach. If you need medical help sometimes it is difficult to contact the emergency services from the beach on a mobile due to the high cliffs and poor reception, you may get a phone signal from the main car park. Once you have contacted the emergency services send someone to guide us to the incident as Kimmeridge Bay is a big place and can get very busy especially on the beach.
Don’t let this put you off visiting our wonderful bay it truly is a wonderful place to visit and relax. Take care and stay safe.
Talk about busy. Our pagers broke the still nights silence at 01:44 ( 1.44am ) this Wednesday morning. The call from ambulance control was for a person vomiting blood. Responders Steve, Helen, Keith,Bernard, Sue and Ian responded to the call. Now readers may wonder why all of our responders turn up, because of our wonderful position mobile phones, radios and the like don’t work. Our unit uses a pager system so when alerted all the units pagers go off. So back to the shout, after receiving the address it was decided that we all go so we could drop off responders dressed in Hi Viz Jackets on route to guide the Ambulance to this address ( I forgot to say Sat Navs don’t work either, well they will get you to the top of the village and say you have arrived ) the address in question would be almost impossible to find on Sat Nav alone. Sue and Bernard were positioned up the narrow road while Steve, Helen Ian and Keith headed for the address. On arrival at the address they found a very distressed person. Steve and Ian dealt with the person while Helen and Keith filled in the paper work. A Paramedic in an RRV arrived from Swanage a little while later only to be told yet again an Ambulance was being dispatched from Poole!! After some brill signposting from Sue and Bernard the Ambulance arrived to take the Person off to Poole A&E. So for the weary responders it was off to bed, the time 03:00 ( 3.00am ) ready to get up for work a little later in the morning, for me it was about 06:00 ( 6.00am ). Why you may ask do we do it. FOR THE GOOD OF OTHERS.
THANKS AGAIN to all our brilliant responders, being there taking care.
After a busy Monday the pagers yet again burst into life at 20:37 ( 8.37pm )Tuesday evening to a call from ambulance control to say that they were taking a call from the bay area from a worried parent whose child had fallen earlier during the day hitting their head and was now being very very sick and very quiet. Responders Keith, Ian, Sue, Helen and Steve turning out for the shout. It was decided to take two cars to go to the bay area as the caller did not quite know where they exactly were, all they could say was that they were in a car park. As Kimmeridge bay has three car parks, it was decided that Keith, Sue, and Ian search the main car park and Steve and Helen the boat car park and slipway. A little while later the persons were located in the slipway car park. Ambulance back up was some 40 minutes away. Observation were carried out on the child and details taken while awaiting the arrival of the Ambulance crew. The child and mother were taken to Poole A&E. It just goes to prove how vital a responder scheme is to a small isolated community, had this child been critically ill our responders were with them in seven minutes this included looking for them. They would have been able to give life saving treatment until the arrival of the ambulance. A BIG THANK YOU to all our volunteers who give up their time for no pay or reward. THANK YOU.
Our responder team had a busy day yesterday ( Monday ) at about 12.00 noon the pagers burst into life for a call down at the beach. Our station officer Keith was at home trying to get his hedge cut which is quite tall and very long so as is usual he called on the help of Steve who not only is a very good gardener but also has all the right tools for the job. Now Steve with his other hat on is the officer in charge of our Coastguard cliff rescue team here at Kimmeridge. Keith’s pager burst into life first followed a nano second later by Steve’s Coastguard pager. Keith called Ambulance control on the radio who advised him that a person had slipped on the rocks on the beach. Hedge cutting dropped the pair proceeded to the beach. Steve by this time had asked the Coastguard control to team page ( put all the pagers in for the rest of the team ) the rest of the Kimmeridge team as the position of the person might require a long carry back along the beach in the Coastguard stretcher.
Our other Steve responded to his Coastguard pager and collected the Coastguard Truck from its garage and proceeded to the beach car park. Our Sub officer Ian ( who was shopping in Wareham on a day off )responded to his pager and met them in the car park as well. Southwestern Ambulance Service had sent an RRV ( Rapid Response Vehicle ) from Swanage with a Paramedic on board. On getting down to the beach the person was a long distance to the west side of Kimmeridge bay over very slippery rocks. The Paramedic called for back up from a Road ambulance. On reaching the person who had slipped and landed badly on their arm it became clear that a long bumpy carry back along the beach would be very painful indeed. A joint plan came together that it would be safer for all that the Air Ambulance should be used to lift this person an take them to Poole A&E. So clearing a very busy beach of all the people who had come down to Kimmeridge bay on the hottest day of the year so far to enjoy the cool clear waters, the Air Ambulance came into land and the person was swiftly carried away. Steve and Ian then drove the Coastguard truck to Poole A&E to collect the Coastguard stretcher. Keith and Steve returned to hedge cutting with Keith worried that the hourly rate for the hedge had now racked up many hours, the call out finally rapping up at about 15:00 Hrs ( 3.00pm ). All persons back safe and sound we all returned back to our daily tasks. Ian enjoyed what was left of his day off, or so he thought. A little after 19:45 and during their evening meal the pagers burst into life again this time a responder call to the next village along to a person who was possibly having a Stroke. Ian and Sue responded along with an RRV from Swanage and an Ambulance from Wareham. Returning home at about 21:20 to a cold meal the busy day drew to a close. The start of a busy summer perhaps???
A responder pager.
A Coastguard pager.
Our responders were alerted tonight at 21:10 to the neighbouring village of Church Knowle to a person with chest pains. Our crew were on scene and at the persons side in under six minutes. The ambulance arrived some ten minutes later. Responder groups around the country can be true lifesavers to their communities providing life saving care to those in need. All our responders are unpaid volunteers giving up their time to help others, volunteers use their own cars and fuel which they themselves pay for out of their own pockets. If you feel you could support us take a look at our wish list page and contact us via our contact page. We welcome your support to continue our work.