Volunteers offer support as Blackpool hotel burns
St John Ambulance volunteers
sprung into action as a Blackpool hotel was
destroyed in a fire.
Around 150 people were
evacuated to a rest centre from holiday flats and a
nightclub on Monday 26 July after the fire spread from a pub to the
The call for help was received at 12.15am on Monday night, and
volunteers were at the rest centre by 12.40am. Those staying in
nearby holiday flats and hotels were evacuated as a precaution, and
taken to a rest centre staffed by St John Ambulance volunteers, as
well as local authority workers and other voluntary
We haven't seen too many fire-related injuries, but our volunteers are ready to treat problems should they arise, as well as supporting people arriving at the rest centre.
St John Ambulance Emergency Response County Staff Officer
Volunteers supported the holidaymakers throughout the
night, assisting with medication requirements and ensuring
everyone remained well. They worked with GPs who attended to
prescribe medication which people had left behind in the rush to
evacuate. St John Ambulance volunteers nearby were also put on
standby in case the situation worsened.
Shirley Procter, County Staff Officer for Emergency
Response at St John Ambulance in Lancashire, said: ‘The
most pressing problem we see is people who've forgotten their
medication as they were evacuated. We haven't seen too many
fire-related injuries, but our volunteers are ready to treat
problems should they arise, as well as supporting people arriving
at the rest centre. They've given up their own time to help out
here through the night, and are doing a really great job'.