St John Ambulance on hand to give first aid to victims of
St John Ambulance first aiders are among volunteers supporting
emergency operations in flood-hit Somerset and other areas of South
Our volunteers are currently working in
shifts at a rest centre in Bridgwater, which has been set up for
people who were evacuated from their homes on the Somerset Levels
when water levels reached dangerous levels, during the early hours
of this morning (Friday 7 February).
They have so far treated a number
of minor injuries, including cuts and bruises, as well as
supporting the wider relief effort.
With more storms hitting the region
tonight and over the weekend, our personnel will remain at
the centre for the duration of the emergency.
Meanwhile, further resources are
ready to be deployed, to assist with emergency situations
and provide first aid throughout the South West, as and when they
Vital role in providing first aid
Des Young, Regional Events and Logistics Manager for
St John Ambulance in the South West said: 'I'm glad St John
Ambulance has been able to play a small but vital role in providing
first aid and other help to people whose homes have been affected
by the flooding in Somerset.
'We will continue to support our
colleagues in local authorities and the emergency services
throughout the weekend and we're ready to increase our presence in
Somerset or other parts of the region, as required.
'I would like to thank all of our
dedicated personnel - volunteers and staff - who have so willingly
given up their time to provide first aid cover during this
emergency and continue to do so.'
Volunteers from St John Ambulance's South
East and West Midlands regions are also on standby, ready to assist