Volunteers help fire evacuees
Dedicated St John ambulance volunteers
rushed in to action at 4.30am this morning (Friday
24 April) to help more than 300 residents evacuated from
their homes following a fire in the Talbot Road area of
The blaze started at a construction site of unfinished
flats and people living in surrounding properties were
evacuated to a rest centre which was
immediately set up at Stanley Park Sports Centre.
20 first aiders have been caring for residents
throughout the day, treating cases such as someone
who suffered an asthma attack and a cardiac patient who
has been transferred to Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Thankfully no one was injured at the scene but we treated 17 people at the rest centre.
St John Ambulance County Staff Officer, Lancashire
Iain Dow, County Staff Officer for St John Ambulance in
Lancashire who helped lead the response from St John Ambulance
said. ‘Our volunteers were on the scene from 4.45am and there are
still members at the rest centre now (5pm) making sure the
evacuated residents are cared for. Local authority and police
vehicles evacuated approx 300 people out of the building.
Thankfully no one was injured at the scene but we treated 17 people
at the rest centre suffering from headaches and general ailments to
panic symptoms such as asthma and a cardiac issue which we dealt
with alongside North West ambulance staff.
‘People who can’t return have been re-accommodated in hotels and
the building is being surveyed now to assess when people may
‘Our volunteers responded really quickly – six members were on
site within 25 minutes of getting the call in the early hours.
Throughout the day new volunteers have arrived to take over from
people who have been there for hours and it’s been a real team
effort with everyone pulling together.’