Michael Beak from First Bike on the Scene crash scene training says he believes that if he rushes at a crash scene “people could think things are a lot worse than they may be” .
“One of our first priorities is to bring calm to chaos,” he says.
“Some of my more experienced colleagues and I even like to crack jokes with patients (where appropriate of course) and some think we are not talking it seriously,” he says.
“But personally if I were a patient and the para was cracking jokes with me it would reassure me I’m not about to die.”
Michael is an Army Reserve Combat Paramedic of 10 years, operational paramedic for 25 years, has been teaching first aid for almost 30 years and is a Public Information Officer with the Rural Fire Service. He’s also a VFR750F rider!
“My advice to any first-care provider is to be slow and methodical,” he says.
“I apply the old saying ‘slow is smooth and smooth is fast’. It works for riding motorcycles and it works for attending a crash scene.”
Michael says it is a common misbelief that paramedics attend traumatic cases every shift.
“So sometimes when they arrive on scene and appear to be slow off the mark, they may be just taking a breath, having a ‘mental cigarette’, taking in the scene and working out the best plan of attack before just blundering in,” he says.
“To the observer, it may appear that we are not rushing to crashed riders, but we are doing a rapid scene size-up on arrival.”