Bristol Harbour Festival support

first aid support at Bristol Harbour Festival 2009

Organisers of the Bristol Harbour Festival have thanked dedicated volunteers from St John Ambulance for their support at this years' event.

Over 70 members were on duty at the popular family event which had over 250,000 people attending, manning:

  • three treatment centres
  • three ambulances
  • control centre
  • two responder bikes
  • one support vehicle.

I just wanted to say a big thank you to you for your input into this years Bristol Harbour Festival.

Event Organiser
Bristol City Council

An Event Organiser from Bristol City Council said: 'I just wanted to say a big thank you to you for your input into this years Bristol Harbour Festival. It was another good year, despite the rain … we still had a vast attendance and the public feedback has been very positive so far.'first aid support at Bristol Harbour Festival 2009

First aiders treated 70 patients with 12 being treated and taken to hospital. Casualties were treated for things including fractures, dislocations, allergic reactions, cuts and wounds and seizures. 

St John Ambulance Duty Manager, Rob Christian said: 'This is one of our largest community events of the year. Over the three day period our members worked hard to ensure all patients received the care they deserve, working for up to 12 hours each day.

'The event can be unpredictable depending on the weather, which means we have to be prepared at all times for the expected 250,000 spectators.

'During this event a wide variety of incidents and injuries can occur and we also assist the NHS by answering their emergency calls within the area of the site, ensuring a prompt and effective response to all incidents.'