New Year first aid support

First aiders treat a New Year's Eve reveller

Dedicated St John Ambulance volunteers treated more than 300 casualties and conveyed over 50 to hospital, as hundreds of thousands of revellers gathered on the streets of London to celebrate New Year's Eve.

Over 170 St John Ambulance volunteers were deployed in the heart of London town to guarantee that crowds welcomed 2010 in safely. Throughout the night, they were responsible for treating 318 and sending 58 to hospital.

With 13 treatment centres set up, 15 ambulances deployed and two motorbikes ready, volunteers could ensure that 700,000 people had an enjoyable and safe evening with friends and family.

We are always prepared for a large amount of casualties at such a high profile event.

Dave Bell
Assistant Commissioner Operations, St John Ambulance London

Music in the build up to midnight was mixed live by Radio One's award winning Nihal, and an impressive array of glittering fireworks exploded across the London skyline. In addition to the 10th anniversary celebrations for the London Eye, it was an equally special occasion for St John Ambulance, who have been providing first aid cover to the official celebrations since they first began in the millennium.

Dave Bell, Assistant Commissioner Operations for St John Ambulance in London, said: ‘We are incredibly proud of all our volunteers. Without their dedication and commitment, hundreds of people would have missed out on vital first aid treatment and support this year.

'At St John Ambulance, we are always prepared for a large amount of casualties at such a high profile event, and the strong team of experienced and dedicated individuals who gave up their time last night, certainly did a very good job.’