St John Ambulance provides support at Surrey coach
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