Summer Solstice

summer solstice casualty

Dedicated volunteers from Wiltshire provided overnight first aid support this weekend at the popular Summer Solstice event at Stonehenge.

This year Wiltshire provided its biggest ever resource committment to the Summer Solstice, with 24 volunteers, three Crusader ambulances, two 4x4 ambulances, one command and control unit, one first aid unit and one Cobra support truck.

Des Young has been providing first aid cover with St John Ambulance at the Summer Solstice for the last ten years and helped treat the 71 casualties over the event.

'This is our biggest duty of the year, with over 30,000 people turning out and we had to pull in as much support as possible.

Des Young
St John Ambulance Wiltshire volunteer

He was in in charge of the first aid support this year and has been attending planning meetings with English Heritage since October last year. He said: 'This is our biggest duty of the year, with over 30,000 people turning out and we had to pull in as much support as possible. I'm particularly grateful to the military at Airfield Camp Netheravon, for example, for lending us two large army ridge tents which we will be setting up as field hospitals.'

Volunteers were on site from Friday evening to Saturday afternoon and were supported by an A and E consultant, a doctor, two nurses and two healthcare support workers all funded by the local PCT.