14 January 2010
BRCThe British Red Cross is supporting the East Midlands Ambulance Service Trust (EMAS) as it continues to receive an unprecedented number of calls about weather-related injuries.
From 8am this morning, the Red Cross has deployed emergency response volunteers and five vehicles to work from the EMAS headquarters in Nottinghamshire, to provide back up for ambulance crews during the severe weather.
According to Catherine Stuart-Jervis, British Red Cross operations director: "We have been helping EMAS since Wednesday and will continue to do so for as long as they need our support during this period of dreadful weather.
“We are more than happy to help again today by taking paramedics out to incidents and transporting people to hospital."
Supporting local ambulance crews
Yesterday, the Red Cross sent a fire and emergency support service (FESS) vehicle to provide refreshments to ambulance crews at the QMC hospital in Nottingham. The Red Cross is ready to provide this service again today should it be requested.
Robert Walker, assistant director for community relations at EMAS, said: “We are delighted with the ongoing support we get from the Red Cross and extend our thanks to each and every volunteer for what they do. We have a good working relationship with the Red Cross and long may it continue."
Staff and volunteers will be using specially adapted Red Cross four-wheel drive Land Rovers and ambulances to offer support to ambulance crews as fog and ice are expected to continue to affect the East Midlands area over the next few days.
Red Cross emergency teams have mounted a huge snow response across the country, supporting ambulance services in Greater Manchester, Scotland, Worcester, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Nottinghamshire.
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