South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust (SWASFT) figures show 358 emergency responses from Saturday, August 25 to Bank Holiday Monday a slight fall from 370 in 2017. Across Devon the service responded to 1,797 calls, including 1,309 in the rural areas of North, East and West Devon combined. A SWASFT spokesman said: We experienced a busy long weekend, despite receiving fewer calls than we anticipated. There were 7,733 calls throughout the South West region stretching from Wiltshire to Cornwall. It is a six per cent decrease on the total number of calls in the August bank holiday last year, when the figure was 8,227 and Devon-wide saw 110 more incidents needing a response. But the average of almost 2,600 emergency calls each day this year requiring an ambulance meant it was still a hectic weekend for paramedics. It follows SWASFTs campaign leading up to the August bank holiday to reduce unnecessary 999 calls, encouraging the public to call NHS 111 with non-life threatening issues. The reduced number of calls may have been in part down to our campaign, the trust spokesman added.