30 March 2016
A British Red Cross support team was sent to Brussels after last week’s terrorist attacks to help injured Britons and their families. The two specialist team members have supported more than 20 people affected by in the bomb blasts at the airport and a metro station.
The team’s role includes providing emotional support and practical help to people caught up in emergencies in the UK and overseas.
Simon Lewis from the British Red Cross said: “Our team is trained to help people cope with distressing and traumatic events. The events in Brussels were obviously very upsetting for those at the scene. Our team supported people throughout the bank holiday weekend.”
The Belgian Red Cross also reacted quickly to the attacks. At the metro station, at least 100 volunteers, nurses, paramedics and doctors arrived to help injured people. They were supported by 30 Red Cross ambulances.
Their colleagues also took over the ground floor of a nearby hotel with an advanced medical post, treating hundreds of victims over the course of the morning.
And at Zaventem airport, the Red Cross transported 100 seriously injured people to 16 different hospitals and helped the military evacuate more than 1,000 passengers. Red Cross teams provided beds, blankets, hygiene kits and psychosocial support.
British Red Cross chief executive Mike Adamson has praised the response of our Belgian colleagues to the attack last week.
“I am extremely proud of our Belgian colleagues, who provided an exemplary response and mobilised quickly, treating hundreds of injured people and comforting more.
“In the UK, we have been making our own preparations should a similar attack happen. Two weeks ago, we took part in Exercise Unified Response – the biggest emergency response exercise Europe has seen.
"We will learn from this exercise and from the response of our Belgian colleagues, so that we can respond to any future events in the best way possible.”