WELCOME TO THE ISLE OF MAN AMBULANCE SERVICE
We provide a vital service to the Island and are pleased to give you an insight into the work we do. We hope you will find our pages both helpful and revealing.
The Service provides pre-hospital care and ambulatory transport for the population of the Isle of Man. It operates from three sites on the Island, Douglas, Ramsey, and Port Erin. The Isle of Man Ambulance Service employs 42 staff and operates 23 vehicles, as well as providing emergency pre-hospital care, the service in partnership with the British Red Cross provides regular transport for patients to and from the two hospitals who for whatever reason cannot provide their own transport.
The ability to provide an effective ambulance service is heavily dependant on having available a high quality ambulance fleet. The current vehicles in our fleet are replaced on a 7 year rolling programme.
Our fleet comprises of:
- 9 Accident and Emergency Vehicles, including 1 off road vehicle
- 4 Patient Transport Vehicles with wheelchair capability
- 6 Rapid Response cars
- 1 Galaxy Rapid Response vehicle
- 1 Off road terrain vehicle
- 2 Major Incident Trailers which incorporate an air shelter, emergency lighting and support equipment for crews and other allied services at the scene as well as CBRN specific equipment for decontamination.
During TT and MGP the Ambulance Service operate their own dedicated Air Ambulance which is invaluable during road closures. It also provides rapid transportation direct to the hospital for seriously injured patients. It is staffed by Paramedic/Technician crew. The service has introduced a new initiative for bikers, which helps motorcyclists involved in an accident to get aid as quickly as possible.
This scheme is called a crash card, this card is placed in the crash helmet providing vital information at the scene.
Training is conducted by our own Institute of Health and Care Development (IHCD) accredited in-house training team where all staff attend annual refresher training, paramedic pre-selection, and driving assessments. This is further enhanced by trainers riding out with each member of staff for two days to assess practical ambulance aid and driving skills.
The Centre is also used for joint service training and recruitment assessments. The Ambulance Service was recently re-affirmed as an Investor in People after successfully completing its three yearly assessment, one of a select number of bodies in the Isle of Man to receive the accolade.
In November 2010 the Department of Health's Ambulance Service had the opportunity to recruit volunteers for the Community First Responder Scheme. Volunteers are trained to deal with medical emergencies, including the administration of oxygen and the use of a defibrillator.