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Overseas Training Fellowship Programme “Crisis and Emergency Management Course” in Manchester, United Kingdom, 8 – 12 October 2018

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Overseas Training Fellowship Programme “Crisis and Emergency Management Course” in Manchester, United Kingdom, 8 – 12 October 2018

On 8 – 12 October 2018, the overseas training fellowship programme “Crisis and Emergency Management Course” organised by Hong Kong Jockey Club Disaster Preparedness and Response Institute (HKJCDPRI) with collaboration with the Operational Command Training Organisation (OCTO) took place in Manchester, United Kingdom (UK). A delegation of nine participants from the Ambulance Service Institute (Hong Kong Branch), Auxiliary Medical Services, Department of Health, Hospital Authority, Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine, Hong Kong St John Ambulance and HKJCDPRI participated in the course.

 

This training is customised to meet the needs of Hong Kong emergency health personnel and targets to enhance knowledge and exposure of participants on surge capacities planning in response to mass casualties and pandemics by learning from UK’s organisations. Topics of the training revolves all stages of the disaster management cycle, including risk assessment of different hazards; preparing response agencies for emergencies, including exercising and plans; immediate response of the emergency incident; and finally the recovery phase after the emergency.

 

The training incorporated lecture-based classes, interactive discussion sessions, and also included visits to Aintree University Hospital, a designated regional Major Trauma Centre for the North West within the Major Trauma Centre Collaborative; the Manchester Airport emergency management facilities; Transport for Greater Manchester; and the Manchester Arena.

 

During the course, participants shared their experiences and opinions on dealing with overwhelming medical emergency with the UK health professionals and emergency management professionals and came to a further understanding on emergency planning and management.

 

The training included a city tour of the main locations involved in the Manchester Arena Bombing to understand more about the context of the incident. Pictured here is the Manchester Arena.

 

Pictured here is the Manchester Victoria Train Station, which links to the Manchester Arena. Most concert goers would be leaving the Arena to walk to the Train Station after the concert. The Manchester Arena Bombing happened in the foyer linking the Train Station and the Arena.

 

A visit to the Manchester Airport emergency management facilities.

 

A visit to the Manchester Airport Fire Station.

 

A visit to the Aintree University Hospital, a designated regional Major Trauma Centre for the North West within the Major Trauma Centre Collaborative. Pictured here is an air ambulance transferring a patient to the Aintree University Hospital. 

 

A visit to the Transport for Greater Manchester, in charge of all types of public transport in Greater Manchester.

 

A simulation exercise of a HazMat incident, requiring multi-agency involvement in the response.