St John Ambulance on hand at Olympic events across the
First aiders from St John Ambulance are
on hand to deliver emergency first aid to anyone
who needs it at various Olympic venues around the country.
Over the past two months the fully
trained and equipped life savers have been supporting the
crowds as the Olympic torch made its way through the
country from Land’s End to London on its 70-day journey commencing
on 19 May.
Ensuring safety for all
They are now providing spectator first
aid cover at many locations during the course of
the Games: at events including the Olympic live events and concerts
in Hyde Park; the live sites in Weymouth; and at football stadiums
across the country.
Hundreds of thousands of people are
expected to turn out to celebrate the 2012 Olympic Games and the
first aiders will able to deal with any injury or illness that
They will be placed strategically on
foot, in ambulances and on bicycles to ensure they reach people who
need first aid assistance as soon as possible.
During this week alone (w/c 30 July)
1619 personnel will be at 146 Olympic related
events. Last week 141 people were treated.
Even when not on duty the first aiders
can be the difference in a life or death situation.
Vital first aid delivered
Last week a St John Ambulance trained
first aider was approaching the City of Coventry Stadium to watch
the South Africa v Sweden women’s football match when he came
across a man who’d suffered a cardiac arrest after being
electrocuted. He took control of the situation, carried out
Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation and used an
from the local
supermarket to administer a shock to his heart. The West Midlands
Ambulance Service and Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air
Ambulance quickly took him to hospital, giving him the best chance
Chris Reed, Head of Operations for St
John Ambulance, said: ‘We are trained to deal with any first aid
emergency, from minor injuries to potentially fatal cardiac
arrests, and are ready to be the difference
between a life lost and a life saved, if required.
‘It will be a once in a lifetime
opportunity for many people to celebrate their country hosting the
Olympic Games and we’re proud to be part of the