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Volunteers respond to London City Airport crash

14 February 2009

ER volunteers in action at nightLayton ThompsonBritish Red Cross volunteers and staff were on hand after a British Airways jet crash-landed at London City Airport on Friday 13 February.

A total of five Red Cross emergency response vehicles rushed to the scene, together with eight volunteers and members of staff. They provided medical and emotional support to the passengers and crew.

Three people were taken to hospital, and Red Cross staff, working with London Ambulance Service, provided medical treatment to two others.

Medical support

Jonathan Edmondson, emergency response manager for London, said: “Our volunteers and staff were on the scene soon after the incident, to provide medical support and also to attend to the emotional well-being of the people involved.

“They also provided practical support, such as distributing some basic hygiene items to passengers while they waited for bags to be unloaded from the aircraft.”

The British Red Cross responded in partnership with the airport, using specially adapted vehicles and trained staff as part of their fire and emergency support service (FESS).

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