St John Ambulance rushes to the aid of communities in
Lancashire after major fire breaks out
St John Ambulance, the nation's leading first aid charity, has
been called out to provide emergency assistance in response to a
major fire in Blackpool, Lancashire.
Nigel Robinson, Emergency Planning Officer for St John Ambulance
said: 'St John Ambulance volunteers have responded immediately
tonight to provide vital assistance to those who need it most.
'We have set up an overnight rest centre to provide aid and
comfort to over 300 people after the evacuation of 150 homes and a
nursing centre. We will continue to be there to support the
communities in need for as long as we are needed.'
More than 60 firefighters were called to the fire which broke
out at the Hoo Hill Industrial Estate in Layton, Blackpool shortly
after 7pm tonight (26 November).
Residents who live near the industrial estate where
evacuated because of fears that chemicals could cause an
St John Ambulance responds to hundreds of local incidents and
major accidents each year and plays a crucial role in supporting
the emergency services when help is needed, for example at the
summer floods of 2007 and the 7/7 attacks in London.