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Supporting a Major Incident - LIFE Month

9th November 2018

Each year we take the opportunity throughout November to refresh and refocus our attention on our LIFE program which is one of many safety initiatives at IP and aims to eliminate the most serious injuries.

To coincide with our LIFE focus month at International Paper, the IP UK team attended an important training course to learn about how they would be able to support a major incident.

The course was run by the British Red Cross and was the second course that the UK team had attended after successfully completing their First Aid training with the British Red Cross last year.

What is a Major Incident?

A major incident can be defined as any emergency that requires the need of special arrangements by one or more of the emergency services, the NHS or local authority for: the initial treatment, rescue and transport of a large number of casualties.

Benefits of the training

Nobody likes to think that they will ever have to support in a potentially traumatic event, but with travelling and commuting as part of the role for the UK team, there is ultimately an increased chance of them encountering an incident, and it is essential that they are able to respond safely in such an event.

Understanding Major Incidents

Keen to initially create an understanding of what would be deemed a “Major Incident” the team were split into groups to discuss both manmade and natural disasters which could potentially result in many serious casualties. The team quickly produced a list of events and ran through these with the British Red Cross course leader, Rachael.

Once they had visualised the types of incidents that may be encountered, the team moved on to look at the roles and responsibilities of the emergency services and Category 2 responders (e.g. utilities, transport companies) and how they co-operate and share information during an emergency situation.

From here the attention then moved to the UK team and what part they would play on encountering a major incident. In groups, the teams created a list of information that they would need to communicate to the emergency services, before moving on to look at the “Primary Triage Sieve”.

Rachael M, Channel Marketing & Development Executive commented “It was a worthwhile day and helped me to feel more confident about encountering a major incident. It was also a great team building experience for us all to come together and work in small groups on exercises and tasks”.