World News – GB – Paramedics could arrive by jetpack after Lake District trial slashes response time to 90 seconds


It would normally have taken 25 minutes to reach a victim in Cumbria, but GNAAS said the test only took a 90-second test pilot

Paramedics could soon hit jetpack crashes after a trial in the Lake District saw their response time cut to 90 seconds

The device follows a year of discussions between the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) and the firm Gravity Industries, which developed the technology used

The trial followed analysis that showed air ambulances were handling between 15 and 20 cases each week in lakes during peak hours, with a 15% increase in tourism and incidents year-on-year. ‘other

It would normally have taken 25 minutes to reach an injured person in Bowfell, Cumbria, but GNAAS said it only took 90 seconds for Gravity Industries founder and test pilot Richard Browning

Andy Mawson, GNAAS director of operations and paramedic, said « jet pack paramedics » would serve the same purpose as a motorcycle responder in a downtown environment

« It’s about getting someone over very quickly and giving them the best treatment and triage instead of a mountain rescue team arriving or our plane arriving. » said M Mawson

« Even with the heroic efforts of mountain rescue teams it could take an hour to reach people who got off their bikes or broke their legs With the jet pack it would only take us 10 minutes « 

« In a time of continual bad news, we want to send a message of optimism and innovation, and we owe it to our supporters to push the boundaries as much as possible »

The inventor M Browning, 41, created Gravity Industries in 2017 and said the 1,050 horsepower braking device was « very safe » because it didn’t need to be flown very high

« The vehicle arrives, they put on the jet suit, and instead of a strenuous 25 minute walk to find a casualty, paramedics can now do it in 90 seconds, » he told The Telegraph

« I believe this can dramatically reduce the time required to provide intensive care to injured people in a wide range of circumstances around the world »

M Browning said he hoped the devices would be used more widely by « next summer »

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Richard Browning, Paramedic, Lake District

World News – GB – Paramedics could arrive by jetpack after Lake District trial cuts response time to 90 seconds



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