On standby for swine flu outbreak
Swine flu currently has a high profile in
the media as new cases emerge and fears of a pandemic are raised.
There is categorically no pandemic at this stage but the nation’s
leading first aid organisation is ready to put its well
prepared national plans into action if needed to play its
part in providing care.
St John Ambulance has a standing agreement to
provide national support whenever needed. In
addition to their routine duties, St John Ambulance volunteers,
along with other emergency organisations, are prepared to provide
the necessary back up to the emergency services and local
Our volunteers around the country are well briefed and ready to respond if needed.
Chief Commissioner Operations
As part of the organisation’s plans its
volunteer managers all over the country are taking the
initial precautionary steps in order to ensure it
meet its responsibilities in good time in the event that a pandemic
Ready to respond
Harry Dymond, Chief Commissioner Operations,
said: ‘St John Ambulance is part of the ambulance reserve and we’re
often needed in times of emergency such as during
the snow in February when the ambulance service had increased
pressure on its resources.
‘There is no pandemic at the moment and we
hope it stays that way but, should it occur, local authorities and
ambulance services are likely to have an increase in demand and may
have some gaps left by their own staff becoming unwell. Our
volunteers around the country are well briefed and ready to
respond if needed.’