St John Ambulance on hand to give first aid to victims of floods

St John Ambulance first aiders are among volunteers supporting emergency operations in flood-hit Somerset and other areas of South West England.

Flood warning sign

Our volunteers are currently working in shifts at a rest centre in Bridgwater, which has been set up for people who were evacuated from their homes on the Somerset Levels when water levels reached dangerous levels, during the early hours of this morning (Friday 7 February).

They have so far treated a number of minor injuries, including cuts and bruises, as well as supporting the wider relief effort.

With more storms hitting the region tonight and over the weekend, our personnel will remain at the centre for the duration of the emergency.

Meanwhile, further resources are ready to be deployed, to assist with emergency situations and provide first aid throughout the South West, as and when they arise.

Vital role in providing first aid

Des Young, Regional Events and Logistics Manager for St John Ambulance in the South West said: 'I'm glad St John Ambulance has been able to play a small but vital role in providing first aid and other help to people whose homes have been affected by the flooding in Somerset.

'We will continue to support our colleagues in local authorities and the emergency services throughout the weekend and we're ready to increase our presence in Somerset or other parts of the region, as required.

'I would like to thank all of our dedicated personnel - volunteers and staff - who have so willingly given up their time to provide first aid cover during this emergency and continue to do so.'

Volunteers from St John Ambulance's South East and West Midlands regions are also on standby, ready to assist if needed.