Ambulance service thank St John volunteers

Snow support

St John Ambulance volunteers have been honoured in an award ceremony by West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The service held its annual Volunteers Awards Ceremony at the Three Counties Hotel in Hereford recently to highlight the work of the thousands of volunteers who help the service every single day. They particularly wanted to thank dedicated St John Ambulance volunteers for their support during the toughest winter for 20 years.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: 'The winter brought particular difficulties for all of the emergency services and volunteers played a vital role in maintaining normal 999 operations.

One of the Trusts biggest supporters has been St John Ambulance. They have always been flexible with their approach and are often available at short notice.

Anthony Marsh
Trust Chief Executive

'We had the worst snow for 20 years and the biggest outbreak of flu for 10 years. Add to that there were unprecedented numbers of 999 calls right across the country. The support we received from our volunteers was magnificent.

'One of the Trusts biggest supporters has been St John Ambulance. They have always been flexible with their approach and are often available at short notice. Over the winter they helped to get staff into work and also the extra 4x4 capability they were able to provide meant that they also helped support frontline crews trying to get to patients in remote locations.

'During the busy bank holiday periods when a Temporary Minor Injuries Unit is set up in Birmingham City Centre, we are never short of volunteers to assist in the smooth and effective running of the unit, another example of the close partnerships we enjoy.

'It is for the dedication, professionalism and enthusiasm all the St John Ambulance members show that has led to this Chief Officers Commendation being awarded.'

Accepting the award was Harry Dymond, the Chief Commissioner Operations for England. He said: 'This winter was exceptional. Across the country, St John Ambulance provided over 90,000 hours of duty to ambulance services; a magnificent achievement from our volunteers.

'Volunteers are special people – ordinary people doing extraordinary things. They don’t do it for praise but we all appreciate occasions such as this.'