A senior ambulance service boss said more paramedics could have been sent to the blast area of Manchester Arena to treat those injured in the terrorist bombing.
First, Public inquiry into the 2017 atrocities. He heard that a high-ranking paramedic arrived at the scene 11 minutes after the 10.31pm blast – he was the only paramedic to enter the city room, where suicide bomber Salman Abidi detonated a backpack device for 40 minutes. Blown away
At 11.15am, he was joined by two members of the Northwest Ambulance Service’s Dangerous Area Response Team (HART), specialists who are allowed to enter the ‘hot’ zones.
That meant There were only three paramedics in the city room. – and was doing advanced paramedic trauma and not providing medical treatment.
But the inquiry heard that other HART workers were present at the station – trained and equipped to enter a dangerous environment – even though they were out of the city room with other, regular paramedics.
A bomb blast after an Ariana Grande concert on May 22, 2017, killed 22 people and injured hundreds.
Gerard Blizzard, director of operations at NWAS, testified as the public inquiry resumed on Monday after the summer break.
Guy Gozim QC asked, for the families of the victims, Mr. Blizzard acknowledged that on-site contact between NWAS teams could have been better.
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Mr Guzm suggested that there was not enough contact between the three paramedics who entered the city room and others outside, including the NWAS commander.
Mr Blizzard said: “There was an opportunity where we could deploy some more heart operators in the City Room.
“It was decided not to do so.”
Mr Blizzard said it was not an “unreasonable” decision, as they had to be set up because of the expert cut.
He said the decision could have been taken to keep some expert operators in reserve.
But he said: “The best option would be to deploy more HART operators in the city room.”
Mr Blizzard said there was no request for help from people who were already inside the city room.
But he agreed that an “informed decision” could have sent more HART workers to the scene.
“Isn’t that really the backbone?” Mr. Guzm asked
“It simply came to our notice then that several injured people were lying on the floor in the city room waiting for treatment. It is a fact.
“It’s a question of lack of information emerging from the city room, isn’t it?”
Mr Blizzard said “this is it”, but at the time it was decided, many critically ill people had already been taken down from the city room to the “quasity clearing station” on the station concourse.
He said that unlike the city room, the death toll in the clearing station was increasing.
Asked not to deploy more members of the Heart Team in the City Room, Mr Blizzard said that when other members of the First Heart Team arrived, they were immediately involved in treating the injured who were brought down from the blast site. had gone. Station Concourse
He said patients were presented to him “almost immediately”.
Mr Gozim said the Liverpool-based HART team had not been alerted for 40 minutes and had been sent to a waiting area at the Thomson Street fire station.
Mr Blizzard acknowledged the delay but said he did not know why.
“I think we could have brought them to the forefront,” he said. “I agree that we should have informed them in advance and we could have deployed them to the scene earlier.”
Inquiry lawyer Sophie Cartwright QC suggested that there was a “real need” for HART teams to provide life-saving interventions.
Mr Blizzard acknowledged that more bombs could be sent to the area.
“If we had deployed more there, we might have had difficulty setting up an accidental clearing station,” he said.
“I do not disagree that we could have posted more there. [the City Room]. “
The inquiry stated that a ‘massive accident vehicle’ should have been deployed at the scene inside the NWAS but this was not the case and no forward command post was identified by the NWAS as That should have happened.