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Jet packs being tested on paramedics for mountain rescues

Friday, April 1st 2022, 1:45 pm - The jet packs can significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to reach a patient.

UK-based renewable energy firm Ørsted, the Great North Air Ambulance Service, and Gravity Industries are testing the viability of jet suits for paramedics.

The technology will enable rescuers to get to people in hard-to-reach places, like hikers stranded in mountainous terrain or offshore renewable energy workers requiring medical care.

The packs can reach speeds of over 130 kilometres per hour and have proven effective in winds up to 56 kilometres per hour. The maneuverability of the technology will allow rescue teams to reach patients much faster than crews attempting helicopter or foot rescues. According to the BBC, once fully operational, the paramedics will be able to reach individuals stranded on higher ground in as little as 90 seconds with the packs, versus 30 minutes by foot.

“In a jet pack, what might have taken up to an hour to reach the patient may only take a few minutes, and that could mean the difference between life and death,” GNAAS director of operations Andy Mawson told the BBC.

“If the idea takes off, the flying paramedic will be armed with a medical kit, with strong pain relief for walkers who may have suffered fractures, and a defibrillator for those who may have suffered a heart attack,” Mawson added.

Thumbnail photo credit: Stuart Bolton

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