NEAS first out of the blocks for Olympic training
Volunteers learn what to expect in London
It's not just the athletes who have been practising and refining
their skills ahead of the Olympic opening Ceremony of the 2012
Games - it's also ambulance workers.
The London Ambulance Service NHS Trust (LAS) spent 4 days at
Russell House in October coaching NEAS staff who have volunteered
to work in the capital while the games are taking place.
The LSA will be visiting all English ambulance services in the
months prior to the games, with the North East their first port of
As well as providing an introduction to some of the environments
the NEAS volunteers may find themselves in, the four day course
dealt with scenarios such as how to help visually impaired patients
negotiate confined and busy areas.
Thirteen staff members from NEAS will provide supplementary
pre-planned aid support in London during The Games, and be deployed
in a variety of areas at different events.
Emergency training & exercising is taking place in the North
East during the build-up to the Olympic opening ceremony on
July 27th 2012, with tens of thousands of visitors
expected in the region.
Simon Swallow, Head of Resilience & Special Operations,
said: "The training week was a fantastic success, and I know that
the staff who attended got a great deal out of it.
"It's a win-win situation for NEAS. While we will be helping our
colleagues manage one of the biggest sporting events on Earth, we
are also giving our staff the opportunity to gain valuable
experience at various levels of support.
"The new skills and experiences they get from working around an
event on the scale of the Olympics come back to the North East -
and that can only be good news for the people who live in our
The Games will run over a 60-day period at a 680-acre site in
Stratford, East London, and other venues across the UK - including
the North East.
Tony Rowe, a member of the LAS's Olympic Unit, said:
"There is no bigger event in the world then staging the Olympics
and this will present London-and therefore the London Ambulance
Service NHS Trust-with one of its greatest challenges.
"Our aim is to ensure that during the Olympics we provide a good
service to the Games. To do this we need the help of our partners