St John Ambulance first aiders work through the night helping
Bath bomb evacuees
St John Ambulance volunteers worked throughout the night
providing support to nearly 3,000 people evacuated from their homes
after the discovery of a World War Two bomb in Lansdown Road,
nation’s leading first aid charity, we work closely with the
emergency services in times of crisis. We mobilised 16 Central
District volunteers and an ambulance yesterday evening and provided
500 blankets and 10 cases of water for evacuees. Another 22
volunteers were on standby in case of serious medical problems.
Triage centres – to prioritise those needing the most urgent
attention – were set up at Bath racecourse and The Pavilion by
district manager Karen Brooks who, as ‘Silver Commander’ for the
incident, has been leading the frontline first aid operation.
Treatment centres up and running within 90 minutes
Des Young, Regional Ambulance, Events and Logistics Manager for
St John Ambulance in the South West, said: ‘Our team did sterling
work throughout the night, mainly providing comfort but also ready
to deal with any medical emergency which may have arisen in such a
stressful situation. In times of crisis like this, reassurance and
support are as important as treating medical conditions.
‘I received the call from police control at 8.30pm and
immediately implemented our major incident plan which we have in
place for just such an emergency. Our first aiders, who are trained
to cope with everything from a cut finger through to a cardiac
arrest, were on the scene and had our treatment centres up and
running within 90 minutes.'
'We'll be there as long as we're needed'
As our on-call ‘Gold Commander’, Mr Young worked through most of
the night co-ordinating the charity’s emergency response using a
secure radio to liaise with Avon and Somerset Police and the South
West Ambulance Service Foundation Trust control room in
A new team of six volunteers took over at 8am today and will
continue to provide care and medical treatment if needed. It’s
expected that more first aiders will be needed to staff the
treatment centres tonight at both locations.
‘All our St John Ambulance volunteers are committed to the
belief that no one should suffer due to a lack of care and first
aid,’ said Mr Young. ‘It’s a belief that underpins everything we do
so all those who’ve been affected by this incident can rest assured
that we’ll be there as long as we’re needed.’