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Firies and Trauma centre working together to ensure Northern Territory prepared for disaster

Following a long standing series of productive collaborations, the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) and the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service (NTFRS) will today sign a Memorandum officially recognising and strengthening the Northern Territory’s health response in the event of a disaster.

Today’s Memorandum between NCCTRC and NTFRS allows the rapid deployment of combined health and fire teams to the scene of Northern Australian and international disasters.

The memorandum marks the first such agreement between a trauma and disaster health response team and an Australian Fire and Rescue group.

The agreement will see specially trained firemen work alongside the NCCTRC’s surgeons and trauma specialists to provide logistical support to a disaster field hospital.

The NCCTRC and NTFRS have collaborated many times since 2009 including providing logistical support to the medical team for the deployment to Timor-Leste for Tour de Timor in 2011 and 2012.

The National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre and NTFRS will formalise the relationship with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding which sets out protocols to ensure mutual assistance during a joint operational deployment.

Most recently the NTFRS took part in the Urban Search and Rescue tropical heat responder project led by the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre.

Dr Len Notaras, NCCTRC Executive Director, said: “The NCCTRC and the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service are well placed to be prepared and ready to assist in the event that an emergency occurs.

“It also means the NCCTRC and the NTFRS can combine resources and ensure we are well prepared in the event of a mass casualty incident.”