Medical training is taken very seriously in Hogg Motorsport. Members of the crew include 3 Doctors, 2 Paramedics and a full-time Ambulance Technician so there are plenty of teachers! We have a St. John Ambulance Instructor on the team who is also a trainer / assessor certified by the Motor Sports Association.
All crew have a full First Aid at work qualification. In addition most of the crew have successfully completed an Emergency Medical Technician's course and Paramedic Assist and Paediatric courses with Life Skills Medical Ltd.
The majority of the crew hold a full Motor Sports Association Race and Rally rescue licence. Crew members have completed an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) course, manual handling course and Fire fighting training. Hogg Motorsport also work closely with the Island?s Statutory Ambulance Service. Their Ambulance Paramedic Training Officer regularly comes out on Motorsport Events throughout the year and runs some training sessions each year.
During the winter months, regular medical training takes place - both on medical injuries but also on all the various equipment that the vehicles carry. If a crew member is ever unsure of anything, then individual sessions can be held.
Hogg Motorsport are included in the Isle of Man Government Major Incident Plan and so can be called upon to provide assistance in the event of a major incident occurring. This may consist of providing Ambulances and crew to transport people to hospital but also other crew assisting at the scene.
Every other year a major incident exercise takes place on the island involving Police, Fire and Ambulance supported by Hogg Motorsport, St John Ambulance and Red Cross along with the island's Civil Defence, Coastguard and Lifeboats.
The Hogg Rescue Crew Chief leads Rescue Training half a dozen times a year. Here the crew can practice extricating casualties from a vehicle in the safest way possible. During the exercise, the whole scenario is 'paused' several times so that the crew can discuss what each of them is doing, and if they can be doing it any better. This allows a lot more to be learnt rather than finding out at the end. All the crew take turns in being casualties as it increases their awareness at how the casualties will feel with all the vibrations and noise around them in real life.
Several Guests are usually invited along to experience what the Rescue Crew actually do. This ranges from people from St John Ambulance and the British Red Cross on the Island who may also attend incidents with us to local Doctors and Paramedics who again may be out on duty with us. This gives them the experience to see what conditions they may be working in and to also have a go at using the cutting equipment under supervision.
The Manx International Rally and the Manx National Rally both involve UK Rescue Units coming over to the island to assist. The day after each, a joint training session is organised so that the different crews (UK and local) can practice working together and take a look at the different equipment that various Rescue Units carry.
Each year, the British Rally Marshals Club and the Manx Motor Sport Marshals Association organise a combined Rally and Kart MSA Training Weekend. Saturday is spent with Seminars and Practical lessons on all aspects of Motorsport. Sunday?s training takes place at the Island's Airport Fire Training Ground. Here Marshals have a classroom lesson on Fire Extinguishers and can then actually try extinguishing a blazing car with them. The Hogg Crew attend to actually set the cars on fire! They also provide Medical and Safety backup and well as having a practice themselves.
Hogg Motorsport support the two Emergency AirMed Helicopters used for various motorsport events throughout the year including the TT and Manx Grand Prix. This involves meeting the helicopters at the Nobles Hospital Helipads, unloading the casualties whilst the engine and rotors are still running and transport them the short distance into Accident and Emergency.
Before each event, training takes place so that all crew members know the safety procedures for dealing with helicopters and also practicing unloading casualties. Whilst directly underneath the rotors, you cannot hear anything apart from the engines so all communication has to be visual. Everyone needs to know exactly what is going on.
6 members of Hogg Motorsport also travelled to Silverstone for the British Formula One Grand Prix in 2004 and 2005 to act as one of the three Extrication Teams. This is a special job which the crew specially trained for. An Extrication Teams purpose is to travel around the course in the event of an incident and using special straps and harnesses, lift the driver out of a Formula One car which still in their seat. This protects any back or neck injury that they may have obtained during the crash. Whilst at Silverstone, the crew had 3 demanding days of being on duty from 7am until 6pm out on the course. This also involves the crew travelling to Silverstone a month or so before the Grand Prix to practice the extrications. On the first day at the actual Grand Prix, the team had to perform an exercise in front of the FIA Formula One Medical Delegate to demonstrate that they are up to the exacting standards required both in the time taken to complete the extrication but also the safe handling of the casualty. It has to be remembered that if it were done for real, there would be millions of TV viewers watching and then wouldn?t be the time to make a mistake!