Support provided for end of year spectacular

Fireworks

St John Ambulance treated 348 casualties and transported over 50 to hospital, as hundreds of thousands of revellers gathered on the streets of London to celebrate New Year's Eve.

Over 170 volunteers were deployed in Central London to guarantee that crowds welcomed in the new year safely.

The event was regarded as one of the busiest New Year's Eve's in London Ambulance Service history. At the busiest point, 800 calls an hour were being received .

Dave Bell, Assistant Commissioner (Operations) St John Ambulance London (Prince of Wales's) District, said he was proud of all the county's volunteers.

'At St John Ambulance, we are always prepared for a large amount of casualties at such a high profile event, and the strong team of experienced and dedicated individuals who gave up their time, certainly did a very good job.'

St John Ambulance London (Prince of Wales's) District has around 5,000 volunteer members who provide over 500,000 hours of duty service throughout the year. Typically, in 12 months, they will treat well over 20,000 people at the popular carnivals, music and sporting events as well as countless smaller fetes and fayres that take place throughout the year.