Swedish Ambulance Service, Lifeguards Select Sepura Radios
Thursday, September 12, 2019 | Comments

Kungsbacka, south of Gothenburg, Sweden, is home to one of Halland County’s ambulance stations. The Ambulance Service in Halland County has been using the Swedish Rakel TETRA network since 2009 and recently implemented the latest Sepura portable radios to its fleet.

One hundred TETRA terminals are used across the station. The service also uses Sepura mobile terminals, situated within the vehicles and control rooms. The staff use the Swedish Rakel network to communicate between each other and with command and control.

About 44 people work within the Kungsbacka ambulance station, 35 of which are nurses or paramedics with medical training. During a night shift, four people work across the two ambulances stationed there. Region Halland, which runs the healthcare provisions for the region, has a total of 19 ambulances running during the day and 12 at night, distributed across eight stations. All stations include emergency ambulances and are staffed with at least one nurse. Kungsbacka is Halland county's second-largest ambulance station, with Varberg being the largest.

Kungsbacka ambulance station will begin the PAR pilot project, which begins in the fourth quarter and provides a “blue light education” whereby the police, ambulance and emergency services will work together to provide eighth-grade students with an understanding of the work of blue light staff. Held at the rescue service’s premises, three classes will run per day where students can participate in sessions that include discussions about different scenarios and ethical dilemmas that young people can face. Projects such as PAR help to positively influence the individuals’ perceptions of the blue light professions.

In addition, lifeguards on Tylösand beach in Sweden selected Sepura radios. During the summer there can be more than 40,000 visitors on the beach every day. The lifeguards operate on a voluntary basis, patrolling the beaches daily throughout summer.

The lifeguards at Tylösand have six life-saving areas simultaneously guarded by eight lifeguards and a life-saving manager. The lifeguard tower stores healthcare and other equipment. The lifeguard service also runs the Life Saving School, the only school in Sweden that offers sea life rescue training.

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