Firefighters from East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service were on hand to assist paramedics at the scene of a road traffic collision along the A267 at Five Ashes.
The incident was attended by fire crews from Mayfield, Heathfield and Lewes Community Fire Stations with three fire appliances and a technical rescue at 12.19pm yesterday (13th May).
A single decker bus and a car had collided and twelve passengers were trapped on the bus, both the bus driver and car driver had managed to leave their vehicles before the fire crews arrived.
The Helicopter Medical Emergency Service (HEMS) and South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAM) attended and the HEMS doctor had triaged the passenger who remained in the bus. As a result of the doctor’s observations ESFRS personnel were asked to provide a means to enable casualties to be removed from the bus by stretcher. Firefighters used hydraulic cutting equipment to make an opening at the rear of the bus and used a specialist platform to make steps for the casualties to be carried down.
Firefighters worked with SECAM staff for around an hour to provide first aid, reassurance and finally extrication for all the casualties.
At the same time, colleagues from Sussex Police secured the scene ensuring road safety for those working around the collision, as well as access for the emergency service vehicles.