Gas explosion help

Member driving ambulance

Dedicated volunteers sprang into action to help support the North West Ambulance Service after a gas explosion at Withington Hospital.

Four first aiders were called upon to help man a rest centre in Whalley Range which was set up after the double explosion in Greater Manchester.

Equipment and vehicles were put on standby and more then 30 other St John Ambulance volunteers were ready to help if needed.

Benet McManus, Operational Activities Coordinator, St John Ambulance Greater Manchester said: 'Although our first aid skills were not required on this occasion, this was a great test for our emergency planning and communications systems.

We had a great response from our volunteers, with over 30 people offering their immediate help.

Benet McManus
Operational Activities Coordinator, St John Ambulance Greater Manchester

'We had a great response from our volunteers, with over 30 people offering their immediate help.'