Emergency response to severe weather
St John Ambulance volunteers were called into action at 4.30pm
yesterday (Thursday 19 November) to provide emergency support to
the communities of Cumbria.
Throughout the night the leading first aid charity has
helped members of the public affected by the heavy
floodwaters by supporting the North West Ambulance Service and
providing dozens of volunteers to staff rest centres including
those in Keswick and Cockermouth.
Colin Hendry, Commissioner Operations for St John Ambulance
said: 'St John Ambulance has provided dozens of volunteers and
vehicles in a bid to help people struck by the disaster. We've set
up many rest centres for those evacuated from their homes and have
also been supporting the emergency services by answering emergency
calls and assisting with patient transfers and evacuations.
St John Ambulance has provided dozens of volunteers and vehicles in a bid to help people struck by the disaster.
Commissioner Operations, St John Ambulance Cumbria
'The driving conditions have been incredibly challenging; we've
had to battle through flooded terrain to reach those in need which
is where our 4x4 vehicles have proved invaluable. We will continue
to provide 24 hour support for as long as the communities of
Cumbria need us.'
St John Ambulance responds to hundreds of local incidents and
major accidents each year, including the heavy floods of 2007 and
2008. When the country is in crisis, or a community is in need of
urgent care, St John Ambulance is there to help. Whatever the
emergency may be, we provide a rapid and effective response
nationwide, supporting the statutory services in the most
difficult situations and providing vital,
immediate aid to those most in need.