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St John Ambulance on hand at Olympic events across the country

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 arises.

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 AED 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 of survival.

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 experience.'