Total Emergency

Tuesday, 3 February 2009, 9:00PM on ITV

For the first time on television all three major emergency services in one of Britain’s biggest cities have been followed by dozens of cameras – giving a unique and comprehensive view of the work of the men and women who keep Sheffield safe.

The result: Total Emergency, an action-packed series full of real drama, tension and acts of true heroism set in one of the busiest urban areas in the country.

With full access to Sheffield’s Police, Fire and Ambulance services which serve an area populated by over half a million people, cameras chart the dramatic work of the emergency services right from within the heart of the action.

The services cover a busy city centre, large housing estates, industrial areas, the M1 motorway, and a wide range of incidents from house fires and road traffic collisions to drugs raids and car chases. Uniquely, when there are major incidents such as a blaze in a large building or a major car crash, cameras will reveal how the services coordinate together.

Total Emergency follows the drama of 999 call-outs and gets to know the characters who work around the clock protecting the public. They do some of the most stressful jobs in the country and routinely find themselves in dangerous situations.

In the forth programme of the series fire fighters tackle a massive building blaze, police chase a car at speeds reaching 140 mph, and an ambulance crew rushes to a baby with suspected meningitis.

Total Emergency is an ITV Production for ITV1. It is series produced by Julie Thomson and executive producers are Tim Miller and Jeremy Phillips.

 

Tuesday, 27 January 2009, 9:00PM on ITV1

For the first time on television all three major emergency services in one of Britain’s biggest cities have been followed by dozens of cameras – giving a unique and comprehensive view of the work of the men and women who keep Sheffield safe.

The result: Total Emergency, an action-packed series full of real drama, tension and acts of true heroism set in one of the busiest urban areas in the country.

With full access to Sheffield’s Police, Fire and Ambulance services which serve an area populated by over half a million people, cameras chart the dramatic work of the emergency services right from within the heart of the action.

The services cover a busy city centre, large housing estates, industrial areas, the M1 motorway, and a wide range of incidents from house fires and road traffic collisions to drugs raids and car chases. Uniquely, when there are major incidents such as a blaze in a large building or a major car crash, cameras will reveal how the services coordinate together.

Total Emergency follows the drama of 999 call-outs and gets to know the characters who work around the clock protecting the public. They do some of the most stressful jobs in the country and routinely find themselves in dangerous situations.

In the forth programme of the series, fire fighters tackle a massive building blaze, police chase a car at speeds reaching 140mph and an ambulance crew rushes to a baby with suspected meningitis.

Total Emergency is an ITV Production for ITV1. It is series produced by Julie Thomson and executive producers are Tim Miller and Jeremy Phillips.

Thursday, 22 January 2009, 9:00PM on ITV1

For the first time on television all three major emergency services in one of Britain’s biggest cities have been followed by dozens of cameras – giving a unique and comprehensive view of the work of the men and women who keep Sheffield safe.

The result: Total Emergency, an action-packed series full of real drama, tension and acts of true heroism set in one of the busiest urban areas in the country.

With full access to Sheffield’s police, fire and ambulance services which serve an area populated by over half a million people, cameras chart the dramatic work of the emergency services right from within the heart of the action.

The services cover a busy city centre, large housing estates, industrial areas, the M1 motorway, and a wide range of incidents from house fires and road traffic collisions to drugs raids and car chases. Uniquely, when there are major incidents such as a blaze in a large building or a major car crash, cameras will reveal how the services coordinate together.

Total Emergency follows the drama of 999 call-outs and gets to know the characters who work around the clock protecting the public. They do some of the most stressful jobs in the country and routinely find themselves in dangerous situations.

In programme three, police are out in force at a local football derby with a history of violence and paramedics treat a man with a gashed head who has been drinking.

When a man suffering from Alzheimers goes missing for over 15 hours, all three services unite in their search.

Total Emergency is an ITV Production for ITV1. It is series produced by Julie Thomson and executive producers are Tim Miller and Jeremy Phillips.

Thursday, 8 January 2009, 9:00PM on ITV1

For the first time on television all three major emergency services in one of Britain’s biggest cities have been followed by dozens of cameras – giving a unique and comprehensive view of the work of the men and women who keep Sheffield safe.

The result: Total Emergency, an action-packed series full of real drama, tension and acts of true heroism set in one of the busiest urban areas in the country.

With full access to Sheffield’s Police, Fire and Ambulance services which serve an area populated by over half a million people, cameras chart the dramatic work of the emergency services right from within the heart of the action.

The services cover a busy city centre, large housing estates, industrial areas, the M1 motorway, and a wide range of incidents from house fires and road traffic collisions to drugs raids and car chases. Uniquely, when there are major incidents such as a blaze in a large building or a major car crash, cameras will reveal how the services coordinate together.

Total Emergency follows the drama of 999 call-outs and gets to know the characters who work around the clock protecting the public. They do some of the most stressful jobs in the country and routinely find themselves in dangerous situations.

In the first of six films we witness how police units respond to a driver out of control in Sheffield City Centre, how one wounded man turns violent against the police and refuses medical assistance and how all three emergency services battle to save two builders trapped underground.

Covering 142 square miles and as the sixth biggest city in the UK, Sheffield has over a thousand police officers, two hundred ambulance staff and nearly three hundred fire fighters working round the clock, 365 days a year.

While each of the emergency services has a specific role to play, they regularly come into contact with one another while patrolling the streets. Occasionally, a call requires all three services to team up, often when lives are at risk.

When two builders fall down a 40 ft deep and eight foot wide well shaft in a derelict school in Hillsborough, fire, ambulance and police rush to the scene to help rescue the men. The men were working on developing the old school into flats when part of the floor collapsed beneath them.

The two men – Andy Topham and Darren Cousins – are badly injured and have been in freezing cold water for over two hours. They run the risk of developing hypothermia which could cause them to lose consciousness and drown. The temperature is just four degrees centigrade. For all services, acting quickly and safely is of utmost importance.

Ambulance crew member Dale Wragg is first on the scene. He tells Total Emergency that medics would normally use spinal boards to support the injured men but they won’t fit down the narrow shaft.

Says Wragg: ‘We’ve got two casualties trapped down a well; they’re about 40 ft down. The body temperatures will be very cold because they are treading water at present. They are talking to us; they are conscious however they’ve both got head injuries. We’re working as fast as we can to get them out of the well but obviously it’s a dangerous environment.’

Fire officer Gary Willoughby is winched down into the shaft to begin the rescue with Dale on standby to treat the injured men as soon as they are out of the well shaft.

Out on the streets of Sheffield, cameras capture a terrifying high speed pursuit. PC Marcus Wootton and PC Phil Holmes are on patrol at a road accident just outside the city centre when they are asked to respond to a priority call.

An unmarked CID car has been tailing a stolen vehicle with two people on board. The police officers are enlisted to help CID stop the car and soon end up pursuing the vehicle, which is dangerously running red lights and overtaking at 60 mph in a 30 mph zone to evade capture.

After an exhausting and highly dangerous chase – ending in the capture of the driver and passenger, PC Holmes says: ‘For us it’s just one element of policing. I would be lying if I said it didn’t get the adrenaline going somewhat. And yes, it’s always enjoyable when you get one, it ends safely, nobody gets hurt and we get the bad guys. That’s quite good . it’s a good result.’

Like all major cities, Sheffield suffers from drug related crime and to tackle the problem South Yorkshire police set up Operation Scimitar in October 2007.

We see DS Chapman and the undercover team plan a raid on two flats where they believe drugs are being sold. Early morning, they hope to catch the suspected dealer at home and off guard.

Finally, south east of Sheffield City centre we meet fire fighters from Mansfield Road fire station, one of the busiest in the city with 52 fire fighters across four watches. Last year they had nearly 2,000 call outs.

White Watch has just returned from a call before midnight. It’s not long before another call comes in: a flat is on fire in the south of the city and they don’t know if anyone is trapped inside. The fire fighters assign the situation an ‘Oscar offensive”, which means they attack the fire by entering the danger zone in case people are trapped inside.

Total Emergency is an ITV Production for ITV1. It is series produced by Julie Thomson and executive producers are Tim Miller and Jeremy Phillips.

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