St John medics on hand

St John Ambulance staff and volunteers in Derbyshire are busy making preparations to support the emergency services should the county be hit by snow and freezing temperatures again this winter.

Last year, and in 2009, heavy snow fell across the region creating higher demand for the area’s ambulance service.

This year the team is on standby to provide support again.

Clive Dennis, Derbyshire’s commissioner operations, said: “St John Ambulance is a vital part of the nation’s emergency response system, whether it’s to reduce the strain on the ambulance service or respond to an individual medical emergency, our volunteers and staff are on hand.

“Last year, we were out in 4x4s rescuing the vulnerable and the stranded and this year will be no different.”