Ambulance Service Support for Olympic Torch Relay a 'Success'
28 June 2012
FOLLOWING the Olympic flame’s tour of the Yorkshire region, Yorkshire Ambulance Service Chief Executive David Whiting has said that the Trust’s involvement in the torch relay went extremely well.
It was a great success in terms of providing support for those involved in the convoy and the Trust’s ability to provide day-to-day services to local people along its busy route.
Mr Whiting said that the flame’s visit to the region was a momentous occasion and something local people, including ambulance staff, were really keen to support and be part of. He said: “For many months we have worked closely with the organisers of the relay, including other emergency services and local councils, to ensure that we were able to deliver safe and reliable services to those taking part in the Olympic Torch Relay as well as for the many spectators.
Part of the dedicated ambulance service team at Police HQ in Wakefield: Jim Richardson, Andrew Simpson, Alan Baranowski, Claire Caswell and Simone Mulcahy.
“Additional resources were on duty during the six days the flame passed through Yorkshire with a dedicated team, which included members of our emergency service and our Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), accompanying the convoy across the region.
“Although events across Yorkshire were popular and the large crowds which turned out to catch a glimpse of the famous flame posed challenges for us, it’s evident that the plans we had in place, coupled with the professionalism and commitment of our staff, meant we were able to continue to deliver timely high-quality services to our patients.”
The flame toured Yorkshire between 18-20 and 24-26 June 2012 and travelled through 78 towns and villages passing famous landmarks such as the Humber Bridge, York Minster, Headingley Carnegie Stadium in Leeds and the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield. This was coupled with four evening community events with a large-scale event at Temple Newsam in Leeds.
With the relay over, the focus now turns to the team of staff from Yorkshire Ambulance Service who are undergoing final preparations to provide support to London Ambulance Service at the Games as part of planned mutual aid arrangements which will see 440 NHS ambulance staff across England working in the Capital.
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