|Formation||17 July 1984|
|Purpose||The provision of immediate medical treatment to any person in need of such care, when requested to do so by a member of the emergency services|
|Herefordshire and Worcestershire|
Chair of Trustees
|Affiliations||British Association of Immediate Care|
Mercia Accident Rescue Service (or MARS) is a BASICS affiliated charity operation based on providing a fast-response, advanced medical team to back up the emergency services of the English counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire. The charity aims to provide an organisational framework within which practitioners can be properly trained and equipped to provide prehospital care, its work is supported by local fundraising: https://www.herefordtimes.com/news/10642134.mercia-accident-rescue-service-mars-raising-money-for-ultrasound-machine-to-be-used-at-accident-scenes-across-herefordshire/. MARS is staffed by a team of 11 doctors and two advanced clinical practitioners.
MARS responders assist at serious incidents such as road traffic collisions, industrial accidents, drownings, assaults, and critically unwell medical patients.
The typical equipment carried by a MARS responder includes: