Mull Coach Crash: Multi-agency Response Praised

 Friday 4 August 2017

The Scottish Ambulance Service has been praised for the role it played in the multi-agency response to a coach crash on Mull last week.

On the morning of Friday 28 July, the Service received a call to attend a road traffic collision near Uluvalt involving two coaches full of tourists.

The efficiency of the Service’s large-scale response has been praised by the Locality Planning Group responsible for community engagement and planning on Mull.

Fiona Brown, a member of the Locality Planning Group and Mull Community Council, said, “I would like to congratulate all the doctors, helicopter crew, ambulance service, first responders, fire crews and police for the response to the major road incident at Uluvalt. It was most gratifying to see how efficiently everything fell into place.

“As a member of the Locality Planning Group we had had a table top exercise covering a similar event but there was nothing like witnessing a live incident.”

Scottish Ambulance Service West Regional Director, Garry Fraser, said, “We were made aware of the incident at 11.44am last Friday and our staff worked tirelessly to co-ordinate the response.

“Multiple resources were deployed, including community first responders, doctors, our special operations response team, air ambulance and area service managers.

“We are extremely proud of the professional way our staff responded and treated those involved.

“In total, our clinicians treated 18 patients at the scene and took 2 patients off the island to the Lorne and Isles Hospital.

“We would like to convey our thanks to partner agencies for supporting us to reach and treat all the patients who needed our help.

“Finally, the co-operation of the public was very gratefully received. We had a number of residents volunteering their services, blankets, first aid skills and tea. This incident demonstrates how a small island community can pull together during a challenging situation.

“We continue to work closely with the Locality Planning Group, partner agencies and the wider community to ensure we have a safe and effective level of emergency cover on Mull.”