St John Ambulance steps in to support services in wake of major incident

First aid volunteers at football

Thirteen ambulances and two motorcycles from St John Ambulance assisted the work of London Ambulance Service as a fire swept through the Royal Marsden Hospital.

Royal Marsden Hospital

The leading cancer hospital was forced to impose an evacuation procedure, while 125 firefighters took on the task of tackling the blaze.

Ambulances were immediately sent to the scene from London Ambulance Service, with St John Ambulance stepping in to cover the Service’s more routine demands across the capital.

St John Ambulance volunteers

A total of 40 volunteers were quickly called in to provide cover on behalf of St John Ambulance.

Len Bamber, Chief Executive of St John Ambulance London (Prince of Wales’s) District, commented: 'Our crews provided a vital resource to support the London Ambulance Service.

'We rapidly deployed a total of thirteen ambulances from various units within the capital and liaised with emergency services on an on-going basis to ensure that the appropriate provision.

'30 members St John Ambulance staffed those vehicles and further personnel was available if required.'

 

We have rapidly deployed a total of thirteen ambulances from various units within the capital and are liaising with emergency services on an on-going basis to ensure that this is the appropriate provision.

Len Bamber
Chief Executive of St John Ambulance in London