Continuing our support in the snow
St John Ambulance volunteers are
continuing their support of the ambulance service by
working in the areas worst hit by the
Extra vehicles are being used in Derbyshire,
Staffordshire and Oxfordshire - the latter county being so affected
by the snow that it's required extra support from volunteers in
Harry Dymond, Chief Commissioner Operations at
St John Ambulance, said: 'We've been providing extra support to
local ambulance services since the bad weather on Sunday, but this
morning we've had to lay on more 4x4 ambulances in Derbyshire,
Staffordshire and Oxfordshire in particular. They seem to be the
areas worst hit by the snow and our 4x4's are crucial in making
sure that patients who are snowed in or stuck outdoors can get the
care they need.
We've now deployed over 100 vehicles this week, many of which have been operating 24 hours a day.
St John Ambulance Chief Commissioner Operations
‘We've now deployed over 100 vehicles
this week, many of which have been operating 24 hours a
day. Our dedicated volunteers have given thousands of hours of
their own time and the weather forecast suggests that they will be
required well in to the weekend.
'In Sussex our volunteers have been involved
in a dramatic outdoor rescue when three
men tried sledging down Devil's Dyke at night. They suffered
serious injuries and our 4x4 ambulance was led to the scene by a
police helicopter with floodlights so they could be safely
transported to hospital.'