Hereford and Worcester's support for the flooding
The West Midlands Ambulance Trust declared a major incident
early in the unfolding disaster and sought immediate help from the
local St John Ambulance volunteers. In Worcestershire, crews
were mobilised from towns all round the county, including
Droitwich, Evesham, Malvern, Pershore and Worcester, with
additional support from Shropshire.
Using their 4x4 ambulances to get through the floods they
answered a number of 999 calls. These included picking up an
unconscious casualty from 4 foot floods near Evesham and locating a
diabetic who had been lost for 6.5 hours without his medication and
getting him safely home. One Land Rover ambulance covered over 600
miles during the weekend.
As the flood waters rose, St John Ambulance volunteers were
asked to assist the local ambulance service and the army with the
evacuation of nursing homes. Members also helped at the emergency
rest centres in Evesham and Upton upon Severn, in one case being
asked to co-ordinate the voluntary services throughout the
Volunteers and vehicles have now stepped down but are on standby
in case the weather worsens.