Douglas Bailey from Lancashire
‘When I moved to Lancashire in the
1960s I was drafted into Haslingden Unit as Divisional Sergeant.
Shortly after, I joined the police force and my first aid
skills were put to use many times in my role as a police
I later transferred to the Preston division and took on a role
as the Duty Manager at Preston North End’s football ground,
Deepdale, where St John Ambulance provides first aid cover at all
the home matches.
I’ve seen many changes over the years and attended
hundreds of duties, giving first aid to countless people.
Over the years I have been drafted in as a first aider at the
terrible Toxteth riots in Liverpool in 1981 and
also during the miners’ dispute in 1985.
Looking back, there were some hair-raising
events but at the time everyone tried to keep people safe
and dealt with any injuries that occurred. First aid skills
are as relevant today as ever and I’m proud to be a
volunteer of St John Ambulance.’