Volunteers on hand for flood help
St John Ambulance volunteers and vehicles
are on standby in Lancashire today (Monday 21 January) as the heavy
Two rest centres in East Lancashire and the Ribble Valley will
be provided to give 24-hour care, if people have to be evacuated
from their home. In Oxfordshire, the nation's leading first aid
charity was also on standby at the weekend, amid concerns that the
flooding would worsen in the area.
'The recent heavy rain has caused localised flooding and as a
result it was feared that many people would have to be evacuated
and moved to an area of safety,' said Andy Dawson Assistant
Commissioner Operations Oxfordshire.
'St John Ambulance were ready to set up a number of rest
centres, including one at the Kassam stadium, but fortunately for
everyone this wasn't required in the end. We would like to reassure
the residents of Oxfordshire if we are once again needed, St John
Ambulance will be there to do everything they can to help.'
St John Ambulance is part of the official ambulance reserve, and
can be called upon at any time by local authorities to provide
local support. During the summer floods, hundreds of the charity's
volunteers from all over the country gave their time and energy to
help those in need and ensure that flood-stricken communities got
back on their feet.