Country: Norway • Report published: April 14, 2015
Dr. Stephen J.M Sollid
Consultant at the Air Ambulance Department of Oslo University Hospital, Norway.
Role in incident: One of several HEMS physicians called in extra following the terrorist attacks of July 22, 2011. He took part in the rescue efforts, triage and treatment of victims from the Utøya shooting both on the first triage point and on the island itself.
Summary: Utøya shootings
In July 22nd 2011 a perpetrator detonated a bomb in Oslo government district, Norway. Following this attack he travelled to Utøya island where approximately 700 youth from the Norwegian Labor Party were gathered. Once on the Island he opened fire killing 76 persons. Difficulties encountered in the response phase were delay in access due to ongoing violence, no access by road. Communications systems broke down.
Utøya is a 0.12 sqkm island 39km from Oslo by road. The island has no permanent inhabitants, but is owned and used by the Labour Party youth organization. The island is only accessible by boat and there are no roads on the island. A ferry travels between shore and the island and can carry one vehicle. A secondary road passes by the ferry site. Nearest hospital (local hospital) is in the town Hønefoss 17 km from the shore side of Utøya. Mobile phone coverage in the area is fair. Emergency services communicate via old analogue network and local coverage in the area is poor.
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