Paramedic praises ‘excellent support’ from emergency services at King’s Lynn’s college incident

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A parademic who attended the chemical leak incident at Lynn’s College of West Anglia earlier today has praised emergency services for “excellent support”.

Paramedic Terry Hicks attended the scene, he said: “Although this incident involved a large number of potential patients, we had resources on scene quickly and were able to start assessing and treating those in need as soon as possible.

“One patient was suffering from some chest pain and breathing difficulties, and after initial treatment from our crews was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further care. Thankfully, their condition isn’t thought to be life-threatening.

“Thanks to the excellent support from our emergency services colleagues, we were able to assess and discharge a further 29 patients at the scene, who were suffering from very minor or no injuries. After making sure everyone got the care they needed, our HART team stayed at the site to support the fire service as they investigated the incident.

“Our crews did a fantastic job in assessing and treating a large number of casualties and ensuring that they got the care they needed quickly. We do extensive planning and preparation for incidents like this one, which means when they do happen we are able to provide the best possible response.”

Staff at Lynn’s College of West Anglia have issued a further statement following the chemical leak at the college campus this morning.

A spokesman said: “The fire service are now leaving the Kings Lynn campus site and investigations are continuing with the Police. At this stage we have been advised that one person has been taken to hospital.

“The front block remains currently in the control of the emergency services but we are hopeful that later on this afternoon it will be handed back to the college and controlled access will be allowed for staff and students. Please check back for further information.

“Anyone who was in the front block this morning and who finds themselves experiencing any health symptoms following todays incident should be aware that the Queen Elizabeth Hospital are aware of the incident and will be able to offer appropriate treatment.”

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