On Tuesday, British rescue services and engineers said they had successfully tested “the world’s first jet-powered paramedic suit.” Now it will be easier for rescuers to reach the wounded in isolated areas.
The Great North Ambulance Service (GNAAS), which provides airborne emergency response services in northern England, said it helped conduct flight tests of the jet suit in Lake District National Park.
In the test, Richard Browning, founder of Gravity Industries, which pioneered the technology, flew from the bottom of the valley to a simulated site with a casualty in 90 seconds. By comparison, it would take a lifeguard 25 minutes to get there on foot.
Andy Mawson, director of operations for GNAAS, said the charity chose the test site based on call data and had little idea of how the technology would work in the real world.
“We’ve seen it now, and it’s honestly amazing,” he said.
He also added that at a time of stress due to the coronavirus pandemic, “it’s important to continue pushing the boundaries” of emergency medical care and technology.
“We think this technology could enable our team to reach some patients much faster than ever before,” Mawson emphasizes. “In many cases, this will ease the suffering of the patient, and sometimes it will save their lives”.