Christmas week support
St John Ambulance is providing
emergency support to affected areas during the
cold weather conditions.
Volunteers are working with the ambulance service by
deploying 4x4 ambulances to hard to reach roads,
particularly in the home counties, where regular ambulances are
unable to get through and setting up first aid
tents where they are most needed.
In London’s Liverpool Street station on Saturday night
volunteers manning a first aid tent rushed to the
aid of an inebriated man who fell on the station
staircase. He slipped 20 feet and suffered facial injuries.
We will continue efforts to assist the ambulance service for as long as we are needed.
Chief Officer (Volunteers), St John Ambulance
Help for the homeless
In Bedfordshire St John Ambulance first aiders are providing
support to a cold weather shelter set up to
provide food and rest to homeless people during the cold snap.
In Essex, volunteers assisted when the A12 was shut and cars
were abandoned after two lorries jack knifed.
In Cornwall, as a result of the snow and ice over the weekend
the local ambulance trust were faced with a backlog of
urgent transfers so requested five St John
Ambulance crews who helped out, with a sixth on standby.
Ian MacKenzie, Chief Officer (Volunteers), St John Ambulance
says ‘Suffolk, Sussex, Essex, Kent and Surrey have been the worst
hit by heavy snow, but our volunteers have been on-call all
over the country from Thursday night with
specially designed 4x4 ambulances making sure that
patients requiring assistance are reached and given the
care they need. We will continue efforts to assist the
ambulance service for as long as we are
St John Ambulance provides a rapid and effective
response supporting the statutory services in the most
difficult situations and gives vital, immediate aid to those most