Suffolk snow support

Snow support

Kind hearted volunteers in Suffolk are adding their weight to the support and rescue efforts on the county’s snow-covered roads.

Volunteers were called into action late last night by the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, who required assistance in the shape of 4x4 capable vehicles.

St John Ambulance quickly despatched a team in one of their specially equipped 4x4 ambulances, enabling the organisation’s members to work alongside the NHS Trust paramedics.

Today their efforts will continue, with a total ten members manning their fleet of ambulances.

'Due to our well equipped 4x4 vehicles, we were well placed to respond to the NHS Trust’s immediate requirement and were able to assist them during a very busy period on the county’s roads.

Keith Hotchkiss
Operations Manager, St John Ambulance Suffolk

Keith Hotchkiss, Operations Manager for St John Ambulance Suffolk, said: 'Due to our well equipped 4x4 vehicles, we were well placed to respond to the NHS Trust’s immediate requirement and were able to assist them during a very busy period on the county’s roads.

'Today we will continue to provide a level of support to the Trust and to the wider community in their time of need, both in central Ipswich and to the west of the county.

'Our help will continue into the night, with more snow expected across the region and thus potentially giving way to a higher demand on the ambulance services.'

St John Ambulance is also providing support in London, Sussex, Essex, Kent and Surrey.