Posted on November 24, 2013

Hamad Medical Corporation’s Ambulance Service (AS) raised awareness on the importance of knowing how to act in an emergency during its participation in the recent 4th Civil Defence Exhibition and Conference, which brought together a large number of professionals and companies specializing in the area of civil protection.

“The AS is privileged to be invited to this prestigious event, which gave us a great opportunity to talk about our ‘Help Us Help You’, ‘Know the 5 to Save a Life’ campaign to the participants and members of the community in Qatar. The event is growing from strength to strength and we’re very happy to be part of it,” said AS Chief Operations Officer Mr. Brendon Morris.

"The aim of the ‘Help Us Help You’ campaign is to save lives with the help of the public. Often, the first person on the scene of an emergency can play a crucial role in saving a life. People driving on the road can also help us to get to someone in need faster by giving way to ambulances,” said Mr. Rashid Mohsin Andaila, Public Relations Manager at the Ambulance Service. He added that the AS participates every year in the conference as a partner of the Department of Civil Defence in Qatar in responding to emergencies.

Visitors to the AS stand were given cards and stickers which detailed the five important steps that can help save lives:

1. Dial 999 immediately

2. Know your location so we can find you

3. Answer all questions that the call-handler asks

4. Follow all instructions

5. Give way to ambulances on the road

The AS stand displayed several of its large fleet of ambulances, including its patient transport unit and its 4x4 response vehicle which responds to emergency cases requiring advanced medical interventions. Also on display were advanced equipment such as the Lucas 2 used by paramedics in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and the LifePak 15 monitor/defibrillator with telemetry, which allows paramedics on the scene of a heart attack to record and transmit the patient’s electrocardiography information directly to the clinical team leader at the National Control Center, and then to the hospital that will be receiving the patient.

The AS has grown tremendously over the past few years to accommodate the growing population of Qatar. Mr. Andaila said they are further developing their services and this includes plans to add to their team of highly trained responders. “The conference gave us an excellent opportunity to exchange knowledge and expertise with the hundreds of participants from Qatar and other countries.”