St John Ambulance assists Storm Desmond flood relief
St John Ambulance personnel and vehicles from three regions
have been taking part in the relief effort after flooding hit huge
areas of the North West over the weekend.
Storm Desmond brought record levels of rainfall and has
disrupted schools, hospitals and travel in parts of north-west
England. More than 2,500 homes have been without power in
Cumbria, where rescue workers have been evacuating people from
Supporting the emergency services
The call for St John Ambulance support came on Saturday
afternoon and saw three 4x4 vehicles and one road ambulance
mobilised to support the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) in
transporting patients. Each crew of two worked until the early
hours of Sunday morning.
The work continued on Sunday as St John Ambulance volunteers
provided first aid cover at rest centres opened in Carlisle and
Lancaster, close by to some of the worst affected areas.
Three St John Ambulance vehicles from the West Midlands and
three from the North East also joined those already deployed from
the North West, resulting in a total of 20 crew members from our
organisation taking part in the relief effort.
St John Ambulance volunteer Mark Aspin, who was involved in
leading St John Ambulance’s relief assistance, was out in one of
the first vehicles on Saturday night. He wished to
thank all those involved for their incredibly hard work.