Ben bags award for equipment project

Emergency Medical Technician Ben Barling has been presented with a special award from the Chief Ambulance Officer in recognition of his work on a recent project to re-kit the ambulances with new equipment bags.

Ben received the Chief Ambulance Officer’s Recognition of Achievement for “his exemplary contribution to the research, design, implementation and ongoing evaluation of the new clinical response bags and equipment across the emergency ambulance fleet”.

Ben worked with leading UK manufacturer Openhouse who supplied the new equipment bags, which are designed to be practical, robust and meet the latest infection control requirements.

Following consultation with fellow clinicians and researching the various options available, a range of bags, each with a unique colour and stocked with dedicated equipment and consumables for use in different medical emergencies, were introduced as standard on all ambulance vehicles. There are more than 500 individual items of equipment and consumables on every double crewed ambulance.

Ben joined the St John Emergency Ambulance Service in 2019 when he moved to Guernsey, having previously worked for the East Midlands Ambulance Service in the UK. He received his award from St John board member Jurat David Hodgetts.