Volunteers proud to be at Brighton Pride
Over 120 volunteers from St John Ambulance will be on hand
to provide first aid and medical care to revellers
at Brighton Pride celebrations next week (Fri 31 July to
Sunday 2 August 2009).
The charity, which has been chosen as the sole source of
medical support for the event will deploy a team
- over 100 first aiders
- 5 doctors
- 6 nurses
- 5 paramedics
- 6 ambulances
Typically the St John team can treat in excess of 400
causalities at Brighton Pride with injuries which can be
as simple as a graze or bruise or as serious as a cardiac arrest,
and are working with the organisers to put out messages relating to
festival safety to hopefully reduce this figure.
We have enjoyed a very successful working relationship with St John Ambulance for many years now and know that we can rely on them in the lead up to the event and over the course of the Pride weekend to provide professional medical advice and treatment where needed.
Assistant Commissioner Operations for St John Sussex, Dan May is
looking forward to the event. ‘This is the seventeenth
year that we have provided medical support at Brighton
Pride and the event is a highlight on our calendar each year. The
coordination of all the volunteers and equipment for the weekend
takes some nine months of planning so it is
certainly the biggest event we are involved in. We will have
members of the team along the parade route, in Preston Park and
also at the St James Street celebrations so the scale of the whole
thing is huge.’
Dan continued: ‘By having St John Ambulance personnel and
ambulances at Pride it relieves the pressure on the
NHS ambulance service allowing them to continue responding
to non Pride related calls as they usually would without having to
manage the extra strain on resources which inevitably comes with
having such a large and popular event in the area.
'We hope that by having not only first aiders on site but also
healthcare professionals such as nurses, doctors and paramedics we
can reduce for the need for people to be taken to hospital at
Pride CEO Lesley Burn said: ‘We have enjoyed a very
successful working relationship with St John Ambulance for
many years now and know that we can rely on them in the lead up to
the event and over the course of the Pride weekend to provide
professional medical advice and treatment where needed.
'We work closely with them to ensure this is an event which can
be enjoyed by thousands of people in a safe and fun environment and
their contribution to making Pride run smoothly is invaluable.’
St John Ambulance will also be taking part in the parade at
Pride for the very first time this year when one of their
ambulances will join with other organisations in the precession
through the city.