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20 September 2018

SP Services supply police with corrosive attack response kits!

SP Services supply police with corrosive attack response kits!

Police forces across the UK are being supplied with Parabag equipment to support them in providing an initial response to victims of corrosive (acid) attacks and other incidents involving hazardous chemicals.

The initiative began with West Midlands Police, who worked with UK emergency medical supply specialists, SP Services, to put together the equipment to respond to an attack to minimise injury to members of the public.

The Parabag contains six 500ml bottles of water, two pairs of chemical gloves, two face masks, two pairs of safety goggles and a special Bottleshower with a spray adaptor to “shower” water over a victim’s skin – a more effective way of diluting a corrosive liquid and delivering a continuous flow of water than simply tipping water straight from a bottle.

A prototype bag was initially developed by our in-house team of product specialists and demonstrated to officers at the National CBRN Centre in Warwickshire which provides guidance to the emergency services for resilience in chemical, biological, radiation and nuclear attacks.

The kitbags feature the National “REMOVE REMOVE REMOVE” campaign message highlighting the need to remove victims from the contaminated environment, remove outer clothing and directions on how to remove the contaminant from skin by rinsing continuously with water.

Sergeant Scott Howard from West Midlands Police said he searched for a suitable medical equipment supplier who could create a bespoke solution.

“We want to be prepared to respond effectively if we are called upon to reduce injury to the public.”

“Other forces have created in-house solutions to an acid attack for some months which includes large bottles of water. Following evaluation we decided a flexible, agile and scalable kit was more suited to our needs, particularly when deployed by specialist teams where space is at a premium in vehicles,” said Scott.

“Officers will likely need to have a hand free to deal with whatever is happening in such a situation. SP Services already had an emergency burns kit so when I contacted them they said they could adapt that kit to just what we wanted.”

A total of 200 kits have now been deployed to police forces across the UK after 320 were distributed across the West Midlands in May.

Paul Watts, SP's Business Development Manager said the kit was well received by all three emergency services with police, fire and ambulance chiefs attending the national CBRN conference in February.

“We supply Parabags containing all sorts of medical equipment for the emergency services to treat burns, bleeding and many other medical emergencies as well as supplying the NHS, Army, Nato, businesses and even Premiership football clubs with equipment,” said Paul, who worked with their development team to adapt the bag so the water bottles could be quickly and easily extracted with one hand.”

“The bottle shower is such a simple but clever product. It turns a litre of water into having the effect of up to ten litres of liquid which can be dispersed efficiently and directly onto a victim. The volume of water is increased by the flow being reduced while effectively targeting the contaminated area and decreasing the injury risk.”

The kits are the first of their kind containing not just water but Personal Protective Equipment for the emergency services. They were deployed operationally for the first time at Prince Harry’s wedding in May by West Midlands Police providing tactical and logistical support to Thames Valley Police.

Sergeant Scott Howard, of West Midlands Police, demonstrates how water is effectively showered onto a wounded person after an attack.

Charlotte Crick from SP Services Business Development team with Sergeant Scott Howard and Paul Watts, Head of International Business Development at SP Services with the “tailor made” decontamination kit.

Please contact our Head of Business Development Paul Watts if you would like further information on this kit or any of the other equipment we supply to the emergency services and the MOD. You can email Paul at paul.watts@spservices.co.uk or phone him direct on 07874803999.

 

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