Wednesday 27 April 2011
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The British Red Cross emergency response teams have been rolled out to cover this week’s Royal Wedding celebration.
Over 100 staff and volunteers will be on hand to provide first aid cover both within Westminster Abbey and at treatment points on Parliament Square. The British Red Cross teams will be deployed at Westminster Abbey, the media village and in the main gathering areas for the crowds on the day of the Royal Wedding (29 April).
Adam Hiley, the British Red Cross emergency planning officer for London area said: “As this is a large scale public event, we have been planning and preparing for it for the past three weeks now. We are deploying equipment and teams for first aid cover to ensure that well-wishers and tourists gathering in central London can be attended to in the event of any emergencies.”
On the day, there will be:
> 70 first aid volunteers in Parliament Square
> 10 first aid volunteers in Westminster Abbey
> 15 communications and equipment volunteers
> 3 first aid posts in Parliament Square
> 3 – 6 volunteers at the media village in Green Park around the clock
At such a high profile event, communications between the emergency response teams will be vital and the Red Cross will be making full use of its Airwave service on the day. The Airwave service delivers secure digital voice and data communications over a network reserved for the emergency services allowing the Red Cross’ emergency response command centre to co-ordinate its teams on the ground.
“We are one of the first voluntary organisations to have used this impressive emergency communication system and had much success with it when the Pope visited the UK last year,” Adam said.
“As well as enabling interoperability over a secure network with the statutory emergency response organisations, the Airwave service also provides essential voice and data communications within and between the emergency services. As a result, our organisation will be ready to respond effectively to any incident, large or small,” he added.
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