Flood relief update
As the flooding continues so does the
unceasing work from St John Ambulance volunteers. Crews have been
ready from Friday as far afield as Cornwall and Cumbria, prepared
to support the public in their time of need. Here's an overview of
the huge amount of work our volunteers have been doing across the
counties hit by heavy floodwaters.
Volunteers are supporting South Central Ambulance Service with
their emergency response. Since Friday they have provided six
emergency ambulances and crews have been assisting with hospital
transfers, evacuations and emergency calls.
Full details of Oxfordshire's
Our crews showed exceptional dedication in getting to our headquarters. One had to abandon her car a mile away and wade through the water to get here.
Fleet Manager, Gloucestershire
Hereford and Worcester
The West Midlands Ambulance Trust declared a major incident
early in the unfolding disaster and sought immediate help from
local St John Ambulance volunteers. Crews were mobilised from towns
across the county and the 4x4 ambulances where used to get through
Full details of Hereford and Worcester's
Six emergency vehicles were deployed over the weekend and
members assisted with the evacuation of residents and nursing homes
threatened by the rising flood waters of the River Severn.
Full details of Shropshire's
A crew was put on standby on Friday to help with flooding of
On Monday the crew were alerted at 5.30am and sent to a rest
centre in Turvey which was set up by the local authority where they
worked alongside the British
Red Cross. Thankfully no one was evacuated there and at 4.15pm
on Monday the volunteers were able to rest.
Bedfordshire volunteers remain on standby for assistance to the
Forty-two volunteers and staff were in action during the weekend
with another 16 on standby to support the local ambulance trust and
to set up and staff rest centres. Ambulances and 4x4 vehicles have
been provided and a total of 398 volunteer hours completed. With
the rain expected to return, crew and vehicles are on standby if
needed. St John Ambulance Cadets – young people aged 10 to 18
- also got involved by providing refreshments.
St John Ambulance's own garage in Swindon was made inaccessible
due to the flooding. Two 4x4 ambulances, three road ambulance and
28 volunteers were mobilised to aid the local Swindon
Full details of support in
Volunteers in Berkshire have been supporting the South Central
Ambulance Service over the weekend and as there has been a warning
for flooding in Reading, have been asked to continue to do so for
the remainder of this week. St John Ambulance is supplying them
with vehicles and crew members.
Volunteers were called to help the local
community following a request from Staffordshire Ambulance Service
NHS Trust. Two emergency ambulances were provided throughout the
weekend, responding to emergency calls and undertaking patient
transfers. This allowed the statutory ambulance service to assist
its colleagues in flood hit areas across the West Midlands
Maureen Upton, Commander of St John Ambulance
Staffordshire, said: ‘Our volunteers put in many hours of training
to enable them to fulfil this role; it is gratifying that our
members are willing to give up their free time to help their local
communities in times of need.’
Members will continue to be deployed throughout the week.
Volunteers were on standby from Friday lunchtime, when a severe
weather warning caused all first aid courses to be abandoned.
By early evening a major incident was declared and 4x4 and road
ambulances worked throughout the night to support the local
Full details of support in
Eleven volunteers from Northamptonshire are giving up their time
to help flood victims in Oxford. Over three days, the men and women
from Kinsthorpe, Earls Barton, Brackley and Towcester divisions are
looking after people forced to leave their homes as a result of the
flooding. The members are based in the Kassam Stadium and are
helping to ensure victims are in good health and provide them with
care where necessary.