Volunteers help fire evacuees

Still motion shot of St John Ambulance

St John Ambulance units from all corners of Warwickshire were called in to assist the West Midlands NHS Ambulance Service on Sunday evening to help evacuate 55 patients from a serious fire at Richmond Lodge Nursing Home in Bedworth.

Three Crusader Ambulances and a support unit provided by St John in Warwickshire helped to transfer patients to places of safety as the fire was tackled by the fire service.

In addition to the ambulance service’s request for transport eight St John Ambulance Warwickshire volunteers assisted in moving the patients away from the danger area.

I am pleased that we were able to help in these unfortunate circumstances and proud that our members reacted so swiftly to help evacuate almost 50 patients from the danger area.

Lt Col Phillip Saunders
County Commander for Warwickshire

'This proves the need to keep our volunteers trained and ready for such emergencies,' said the County Commander, Lt Col Phillip Saunders.

'I am pleased that we were able to help in these unfortunate circumstances and proud that our members reacted so swiftly to help evacuate almost 50 patients from the danger area.'