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Volunteers aided Pride partygoers
6:00pm Sunday 11th August 2013 in News
MORE than 100 volunteers helped meet the medical needs of partygoers at Brighton Pride.
Members of St John Ambulance treated about 100 casualties at the event with a range of minor and some serious injuries.
Shifts of volunteers staffed three first aid treatment centres and seven ambu- lances from when the parade commenced on Saturday morning through to the end of the park celebrations that evening.
In total 12 patients were transferred to hospital from the event. Volunteers also provided first aid cover at some of the other Pride related events which took place around the city on Saturday evening into the early hours of Sunday morning.
The St John Ambulance team on the day comprised of more than 70 staff, seven ambulances with crews, five paramedics and a management and communications team.
Darren Owen, who managed the St John Ambulance team at Pride, said: “St John Ambulance is proud to have been involved in this fantastic event and we look forward to continuing to support Pride in Brighton for many years to come.
“There was a really friendly and fun atmosphere in the park on Saturday and we treated fewer casualties than we have in previous years, which is testament to the careful planning and management which goes on between ourselves, the organisers and various other agencies.
“The role played by our volunteers at Pride is a vital one as it’s important that visitors to the park know that medical help is there if they need it, whether that’s in the form of a plaster or support to get to hospital.”
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