The fifth REVIVE Round table focused on improving post-collision outcomes in Cyprus, Greece Ireland, Malta and the UK
In the framework of the REVIVE Project, experts in Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Rescue/Fire Service (RFS) and road safety from Cyprus, Greece Ireland, Malta and the UK met in Dublin on the 3rd April 2019. They discussed the way forward for improving post-collision response and emergency care across the EU. The meeting gathered representatives from health agencies, rescue services as well as researchers and other actors active in post-collision care and emergency response. The event was co-organised with the Road Safety Authority of Ireland and the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR).
REVIVE Round table, Ireland, 3 April 2019 – Presentations:
The event started with a welcome from Declan Naughton, from the Road Safety Authority of Ireland (RSA). This was followed by a keynote speech from Moyagh Murdoch, CEO of the RSA. Moyagh explained the RSA’s work on post-collision care and highlighted the importance of an effective emergency response in helping to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries, both in Ireland and across Europe. She also noted the need for a more holistic approach to road deaths, and the need for greater consideration of the roles of the Health and Emergency Medical Services.
Then, Laurence Atchison presented ETSC and its activities, as well as the REVIVE project.
Frank McGill from the RSA gave a presentation on Ireland’s Emergency Services Driving Standard.
Debate 1: Access to road traffic collisions
The first debate session focused on the ways in which emergency services access road traffic collisions and the issues that often arise – such as blocked roads and the use of lights and sirens. This was followed by a discussion on how they operate in different European countries.
Dave Carroll, from the Chief Fire Officers Association of Ireland gave a presentation covering the various ways in which the fire services in Ireland access and secure collision sites.
Debate 2: Structure of EMS Systems
The second debate focused on the structure of the emergency medical services in each of the countries in question. Dr. Jonathan Joslin, from Mater Dei Hospital in Malta opened the session with a presentation outlining his experiences and insights as part of the Maltese emergency medical system.
Debate 3: Fire and rescue services roles in response to a collision
The final session of the day was a discussion of extrication issues and new research. The session was opened by Mike Dayson of the UK’s National Fire Chiefs’ Council. Mike explained some of the latest research in the UK into new methods of extrication.