Emergency 999 call via Amateur Radio Repeater

An amazing example of amateur radio used to help in an emergency. 

On 20th August, Mike M6MGE picked up a call for emergency assistance via his local repeater GB3WR in the Mendip Hills, Somerset. He dialled 999 and was able to relay the request for emergency assistance clearly and concisely to Ambulance Control, and pass on medical advice to the scene whilst rapid response and ambulance vehicles were en route.

Mike’s made a YouTube clip of the incident available, and it’s well worth a listen.

The video states that the patient “has made a full recovery and continues to enjoy her holiday in Exmouth.”

Organisations like RAYNET are in many cases trained to deal with message-handling like this, but any of us monitoring local repeaters or calling channels could receive an emergency call at any time. Well done to Mike M6MGE for his cool and calm handling of this, and to Jon G6ASK on scene for making use of amateur radio under emergency conditions.

Thanks to Ed G8FAX for alerting me to the story…

Pete M0PSX

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