Département de l'Hérault is located in Southern France. There was 1 144 892 resident in 2017.
Major cities ar located near the coastline, while upper part of the department is mostly rural.
The main city of the département is Montpellier with 285 121 habitant in the city and around 450 000 when counting people living in small towns around.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONSE :
The service that manage medical emergencies in Hérault is called SAMU - Service d'Aide Médicale Urgente (Emergency Medical Service). It is based in Vailhauquès, a town just north of Montpellier in a call center shared with Firefighters.
In 1 day, they can manage 1802 calls (more than 75 per hour) and 266 non-urgent medical transport.
This service is managed by a regulation doctor who decide which emergengy needs ambulance and wich do not.
To accomplish those missions, SAMU request the use of ambulances to differents partners such as firefighters, private ambulance company and rescue association.
Firefighters in France have they own Emergency response vehicle. They can dispatch ambulances to emergency calls but if there is an injured person, they must report to the SAMU.
There is almost 70 firehouses located all around Hérault. Most of these have at least 1 ambulance.
In term of medical response, firefighters can deploy :
VSAV : Véhicule de Secours et d'Assistance aux Victimes (RTW)
This vehicle is equipped with 3 firefighters. It deals with all regular emergencies and can transport patients if needed. They are not used for non urgent medical transport. This is the mission of private ambulances companies. They do it only if there is no private ambulance available.
VLI : Véhicule Léger Infirmier (NEF)
This vehicle is equipped with 1 firefighter and 1 emergency care nurse. They can manage medical emergencies with more heavy injured patient. They can also be dispatched prior to doctor to administer first medication before doctor comes on scene. In game, this vehicle is represented as a regular NEF.
VLM : Véhicule Léger Médicalisé (NEF)
There is 1 doctor and 1 firefighter in this vehicle. It deals with medical situation and heavily injured patient.
Sometimes, there is patient that needs doctor before getting transported. Hospital also have they own medical doctor to send to the scene. They work with firefighters on scene and most of the time they have a more "complete" vehicle.
VLM SMUR : Véhicule de Liaison Médicalisé (NEF)
This vehicle is equipped with Doctor, Nurse and a ambulance driver. They have a lot of medical equipement if needed.
AR SMUR : Ambulance de Réanimation (NAW)
This véhicule is used to transport injured from hospital to hospital or sometimes to bring people from the scene of the emergency to the hospital. As they are fully equipped with a Doctor, nurse and ambulance driver equipage, they only do Intensive care transport.
AR SMUR PEDIA : Ambulance de Réanimation Pédiatrique (B-NAW)
This vehicule is used to transport prema child for one hospital to another.
F-HBEK : Sinus (ITH)
This helicopter is used for long distance emergency response or log distance hospital transport. It can't do "dangerous" rescue operation.
AMBU CHRU (KTW)
This ambulance is used by the Montpellier's hospital to transport people from one of the Montpellier Hospital's site (Lapeyronie, Guy de Chauliac, St Eloi, Arnaud de Villeuneuve, Balmes) to another. They can't go to clinic or outside of Montpellier.
In france, private ambulances usually does non-urgent medical transport. But now, private are beginning to do emergency transport. They are doing some shift in main cities of the departement.
Those are private company that are not on shift for urgent medical responses.
Private company that are ready for emergency call. Private company only uses 2 people in ambulances so they are more used for private place emergencies.
[More to come (rescue association, helicopters, tutorial, hospital organisation...]
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