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Ochils Paragliding Club

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Written in consultation with
the Ochils Mountain Rescue Team
and the Scottish Ambulance Service

 

By the nature of the sport the casualty location could take several forms and contacting recue - by you or by a bystander - should follow the correct procedure to avoid confusion and delays.

Call 999 (112) and proceed according to the location of the casualty.

Should the casualty be in open grounds - that is: away from inhabitations or tarmac roadways by more than some 200 meters; than rescue is a matter for the Police and the Mountain Rescue Team.

 

 

On dialling 999 (112) - you should ask for:
   - a) the Police
   - b) the Mountain Rescue and
   - c) stating: "Fall from Height - Remote Location"

Then provide the casualty location by means of OS Maps coordinates.

Now you may not be able to provide the exact coordinates of the casualty but you should be able to refer to its position from a known location. For each of our sites you should find OS coordinates of several points that should be used for this purpose! (See: "Sites Information").

It is then a matter of giving in addition the distance and the direction from the known point(s) to the casualty.

 

- Providing your location by GPS coordinates:

Some of you may be able to access GPS coordinates of the casualty location - and while OS reference is the best method; Lat/Long can be provided - they will be converted by the emergency services.

 

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Should the casualty be within reach of tarmac roadways - then the Ambulance Service should be involved.

The Medical Ambulance Service in Scotland has also access to Ambulance Helicopters (for us; one in Perth and one in Glasgow) they can be called to attend the casualty providing the ground is fairly flat (such as farmlands). A judgment has to which would be the best operator should be made - in doubt directing the call via the Police is the best course.

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Upon dialling 999 - you should ask for:
   - a) a Medical Ambulance
   - b) Stating: "Fall from Height - paragliding accident"

 

Then provide the casualty location. The formal way to do this is by issuing a Postcode and house number - however this is not always practical in the event of a pilot.

Providing the location of the casualty with a "place/street names and house number" is the next best alternative; defaulting to the use of OS coordinates or GPS data could be acceptable.

The Ambulance "dispatch call centre" in Scotland should be able to deal with that - however should there be some confusion reverting to the Police may be the more appropriate option!

Thus, in all eventualities, take account that the operator at the other end - is:

   - 1) unlikely to know the area
   - 2) be ... aware of what you are talking (what is a paraglider? etc ...)
   - 3) ...
So KEEP CALM and express the location as best as you can - using road name or number (e.g. A91)
    and related agglomerations and distances off.

 

To the operator provide the following information:

   - Introduce yourself - i.e. paraglider pilot - aware/ witness/ victim of accident + name, etc ...
   - Nature of the accident: Fall from Height - Paraglider pilot crashing/ crash landing
   - Specify the number of victims and their apparent conditions:
         * One (or more) victim(s)
         * Conscious / Unconscious
         * Breathing / Not-breathing
         * Bleeding / Not-bleeding
   - Location of the incident - as per instructions above - including:
         * Refief (Slope / Top / Bottom) - and/or
         * Ground features (Gorge / Bog / Gorse bushes / ...)
   - (Presuming: "Helivac") - Weather at location:
         * Wind strength and Direction
         * Visibility: Good / Poor/(xxx m) - Sun / Rain / Fog / ...
   - Your telephone number (even if already know to the operator) -
         If it is not your handset and you cannot unlock it - say so to the operator!
   - DO NOT HANG-UP UNTIL YOU ARE TOLD TO DO SO!

 

- Special circumstances:
 

Should the casualty be on a structure: trees / buildings / power-lines or pylons or any forms keeping it away from the ground - then the Fire and Rescue Service must be involved.

 

Should the casualty be on power-lines or pylons - the electricity supply must be switched-off prior to any interventions. Keep away from the casualty (harness - lines and canopy included) by at least 5m!

Most circuits have delayed auto-reclose after a trip; so the circuit will be re-energised after about 15 seconds - Do not be fooled in believing the line killed!

To get the power cut-off:

Call: 01738 455 718 for SSE in Perth - if the casualty is North of the Campsie/Gargunnock Hills.

For the Forth Valley area (Ochil Hills, etc...)
Call: 0845 2727 999 (Scottish Power) - if a casualty is on 'distribution' lines (low level - wooden/concrete poles)
or
call: 0141 776 2877 - if a casualty is on 'transmission' lines (high level - pylons/towers).

   - In doubt call: all the above numbers!

 
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