Building collapse in Belfast mobilizes St John volunteers
When a building collapsed in Belfast
early Monday morning, the city's emergency crews were on hand,
ensuring the public safety and treating building crew who were
working on site.
St John Ambulance in West Belfast were
called to lend a hand.
'(The NHS ambulance services) called asking for two crews to
help them with their work load,' said Adrian Pettigrew, the
Superintendent for St John Ambulance in West Belfast. 'We had two
crews mobilized in less than an hour and a third about fifteen
St John fleets will be responding to non-emergency calls
transferring patients for appointments and filling in where
necessary. The St John Ambulance and crew have made themselves
available open endedly, until the NHS ambulances have been able to
catch up on their workload.
At the site of the collapse it was estimated that 60 workmen
were in the building at the time of the accident. Six men have been
taken to hospital with serious injuries although they are reported
as being in stable conditions, with mostly broken bones. The
building has been roped off and emergency crews have continued to
search the wreckage.
For the full story of the collapse or up to the minute
information, please visit the BBC
Belfast Telegraph sites.
St John Ambulance in Belfast
'This is the second time in the past week we've been
contacted by the NHS to help take the pressure off emergency
crews,' Pettigrew said. 'The first time it was just from sheer
workload pressure. This time they have their resources tied
'Since Christmas we've transferred about 400 patients for the
hospitals,' said Pettigrew. 'In the past four to five months the
need for our services have grown exponentially. To the point where
we're basically assisting the emergency services six out of seven
nights a week.'
For more information on the role of St John Ambulance in Belfast
email or call
028 9079 9393.