Unexploded WWII device found in West Midlands 

WWII nonexploded device

Members of West Midlands St John Ambulance were mobilised by Coventry City Council on 12 March to support an evacuation of the city centre following the discovery of a WWII unexploded bomb.

Working from rest shelters, volunteers provided general and first aid support, as well as caring for a number of vulnerable residents from a local care home. 

Local units provided 20 volunteers over two shifts and an emergency ambulance and crew.  A further 15 volunteers were on immediate stand by.

One (St John Ambulance) member was evacuated himself and the only possessions he took with him were his uniform, first aid kit and mobile phone, the latter to call me and ask where he was needed.

John Downey
Operations Officer, St John Ambulance Coventry

Volunteers were activated through emergency procedures used to ensure St John Ambulance can respond to major emergencies, such as this evacuation.  Members were available and providing support at rest centres within 15 minutes of the rest centres opening with further volunteers working until 4am the following morning when residents were allowed back into their homes.

The dedication of our members was demonstrated time and again by the commitment they showed in caring for those evacuated from their homes.' said John Downey, Operations officer in Coventry. 'One member was evacuated himself and the only possessions he took with him were his uniform, first aid kit, and mobile phone, the latter to call me and ask where he was needed’.

‘I am very grateful for the fantastic response received from the members of St John Ambulance in Coventry to this incident,' he said.

Glen Curry, West Midlands Emergency Planning Officer, said 'The extremely swift and effective response from our volunteers demonstrates the valuable contribution St John Ambulance provides to the community in times of emergency.'

Image courtesy of the Coventry Telegraph