Jeff Hurst, Chief of Fire & Safety (2nd left), hands the keys to Graham Page, Deputy Commissioner (Operations), St. John Ambulance (2nd right), watched by Terry Page, Safety Manager (Fire & Ambulance) (far left), & Nigel Scarlott, Assistant Commissioner (Operations), St.John
13th October 2004
The Port of Felixstowe’s Health, Safety and Emergency Services Division has donated one of its three ambulances to St. John Ambulance. This follows the delivery of a brand new Mercedes Sprinter ambulance to the Port in August this year.
The outgoing vehicle is a 1990 Ford Transit Customline ambulance, and is in excellent condition, with a low mileage, having done only 40,000 miles.
Jeff Hurst, Chief of Fire and Safety for the Port, commented:
“The Port has a policy of continuous improvement with regard to health and safety. This includes the equipment that we use for emergency response, both on and off the Port."
“We have long been associated with St. John through our Emergency Services Department, and many of our employees belong to that organisation. We hope that St. John will get useful service from the ambulance, which has served the Port well over the years, and we are pleased that it will continue to be used to help others.”
St. John Ambulance intends to use the vehicle as an Operational Support Unit, which will carry additional equipment, such as bulk first aid supplies, as well as providing secure storage for its members’ personal effects whilst on duty.
Based within Ipswich, but with countywide availability, the vehicle will also provide St. John Ambulance with major incident support, carrying items such as bulk first aid equipment, spare radios, incident control and documentation. In addition, it will give St. John a highly visible forward control point, with back-up radio communications facilities to its first aiders and ambulance crews, and to the East Anglian Ambulance Trust (EAAT) control in Hellesdon.
Nigel Scarlott, Assistant Commissioner (Operations) for St. John Ambulance, and an IT Technician at the Port, said:
“St. John Ambulance is very grateful to the Port of Felixstowe for its generosity. The new vehicle will give us greater resources and flexibility in meeting our ever-increasing role, both at large events, and in support of the EAAT.”
The Port’s two ambulances will continue to provide a vital lifeline to the local community, providing important back-up to the East Anglian Ambulance Service, as well as dealing with numerous other emergency calls in and around Felixstowe. So far this year, the Port’s ambulances, which are fully equipped to NHS standards, have responded to 313 emergency calls outside the Port.
The Port employs sixteen full-time Firefighter/Ambulancemen. They are all trained to County emergency standards in both fire fighting and ambulance technician/paramedic skills.
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