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St John Ambulance assists Storm Desmond flood relief efforts

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 flooded homes.

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.