New Year first aid
Nearly 300 of the capital's New
Year's Eve revellers were treated by a team of volunteers from St
John Ambulance in London as celebrations reached their
Some 700,000 people turned out to enjoy
fireworks and festivities in the city, with 271 requiring first aid
attendance from St John Ambulance and 62 being taken to hospital.
As well as revellers being treated all over the country by
dedicated volunteers giving up their New Years Eve.
Volunteers well prepared for the occasion, with 13
treatment centres set up in the heart of the city, 17
ambulances deployed and four motorbikes.
In all, their operation, which was carried out in partnership
with London Ambulance Service, was manned by over 200
Dave Bell, Assistant Commissioner Operations for St John
Ambulance London (Prince of Wales's) District, said: 'We always
anticipate the potential for a high number of first aid incidents
at the New Year celebrations in London, so had organised a large
team to be present in the heart of the city.
'We are delighted with how efficiently our operation was run and
are pleased that so many people were able to be treated on scene,
far quicker than if they had had to rely upon reaching a hospital
by their own accord.
'We are enormously proud of our many members who assisted on New
Year's Eve, particularly when so many had been at work during the
day and place such a high priority on their St John Ambulance
commitment – no matter what the occasion.'
In Cumbria, 4x4 vehicles were also called into action today
(Friday 4 January) due to snowfall. Volunteers, who have been
on call all over Christmas and New Year, transported a patient to
hospital and are still on standby to provide support to the