Oxfordshire's response to flooding

St John Ambulance in Oxfordshire has been supporting the South Central Ambulance Service with their emergency response.

I am extremely proud of the dedication and hard work [of] our volunteers

Andrew Dawson
Assistant Commissioner Operations, Oxfordshire

Since Friday, we have provided six emergency ambulances and crews who have been assisting with hospital transfers, evacuations and emergency calls.

The volunteers have also assisted with evacuations in some of the worst-hit areas like Abingdon, Banbury, Shipton-Under-Wychwood and Witney.

In total, volunteers provided over 800 hours of service over the course of the weekend with 26 members in operation and 46 on standby. And the commitment continues; volunteers continue to provide 24-hour staff and equipment to man a large rest centre at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford.

St John Ambulance also supplied 4x4 ambulances for use by the South Central Ambulance Service, so that paramedics could access flooded villages in areas near Wantage and Witney.

County Nursing Officer, Peter Male, said: ‘Once again St John Ambulance volunteers have shown their tireless dedication to the people of Oxfordshire, and we are very proud of their efforts.’

Assistant Commissioner Operations, Andrew Dawson, said: ‘I am extremely proud of the dedication and hard work our volunteers have put in for the fourth day in these terrible conditions.’