A jet go well with for paramedics which might see sufferers reached in minutes by a “flying” medic has been examined by the Great North Air Ambulance Service.
After a 12 months of talks between GNAAS and Gravity Industries, a primary take a look at flight was carried out within the Lake District.
Andy Mawson, director of operations at GNAAS, got here up with the thought and described seeing it as “awesome”.
He stated it meant a paramedic may “fly” to a fell prime in 90 seconds reasonably than taking 30 minutes on foot.
Mr Mawson stated: “There are dozens of patients every month within the complex but relatively small geographical footprint of the Lakes.
“We may see the necessity. What we did not know for certain is how this may work in apply. Well we have seen it now and it’s, fairly actually, superior.”
Mr Mawson said the exercise had demonstrated the huge potential of using jet suits to deliver critical care services.
The take a look at flight was carried out by Richard Browning, founding father of Gravity Industries.
He stated the fits had two mini engines on every arm and one on the again permitting the paramedic to manage their motion simply by shifting their palms.
“The biggest advantage is its speed,” Mr Mawson stated.
“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.
“In a jet pack, what might need taken as much as an hour to achieve the affected person might solely take a couple of minutes, and that would imply the distinction between life and loss of life.”