Honours for North Devon St John Ambulance crews

Local members are commended for their work during the last big freeze.

North Devon members of St John Ambulance were awarded with certificates of commendation for their exceptional work during last winter’s big freeze.

On January 12 2010, Devon County Council formally requested the help of the first-aid charity due to the amount of drivers stuck in extreme weather on Halden Hill.

An emergency plan was activated and more than 80 St John personnel were either called out or put on standby across the County.

Welfare vehicles from South Molton responded along with Ilfracombe’s A&E Ambulance with a total of six members attending at very short notice.

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St John provided and ran rest centres as well as vehicles and 4x4s for transfers throughout the night. Thankfully the situation concluded safely in the early hours of the next day.

The County Staff Officer for Emergency Operations, Andrew Parsons, travelled from the county headquarters in Exeter to present the certificates. Barnstaple’s Divisional Officer Wayne Campbell, Ilfracombe’s Michelle Loveridge, Sgt Ken Blackmore and Divisional Superintendent Clare Mordan, as well as South Molton’s David Tucker and Superintendent Jim Ricketts were all honoured with commendations at the charity’s Ilfracombe headquarters.

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