St John Ambulance provides support at Surrey coach crash

 St John Ambulance volunteers

St John Ambulance was called in to action on Tuesday 11 September, to provide assistance to South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAMB) at a fatal coach crash in Surrey.

The Merseyside-bound coach, carrying passengers returning from the Bestival music festival on the Isle of Wight, crashed on the A3 shortly before midnight on Monday 10 September.

Three people were killed and around 50 patients were transported to six hospitals across the region.

South East Coast Ambulance Service requested two St John Ambulance A and E trained crews at 00:45; both attended the scene providing support to SECAMB and were officially stood down at 4am, returning to base an hour afterwards. Two additional St John Ambulance crews were requested and allocated to backfilling during the incident.

Acted on a request for assistance

Martin Henderson, Head of Service Delivery at St John Ambulance, says: 'St John Ambulance acted on a request for assistance at the tragic accident in Surrey and would like to offer our sincerest condolences to those involved. Our thoughts are with the families of those affected by this incident.

We are an integral part of the emergency services and are therefore called upon to support the statutory services on a regular basis, in particular with incidents such as this tragic accident.

We respond quickly, providing vital help when major emergencies, road accidents, weather incidents and fires occur. Whatever happens, from setting up an evacuation centre to attending a major accident, we are ready to respond.'