London Ambulance Service Voluntary Responder Group receives gift of five new emergency responder vehicles

11 May 2016

Today, Chief Executive Dr Fionna Moore  attended a ceremony at Freemasons Hall in London to formally receive a donation of five Volkswagen Tiguan rapid reemrcsponse vehicles from Sir Michael Snyder, Grand Master Metropolitan Grand Lodge.

The Freemasons were impressed with the dedication and enthusiasm of the emergency response volunteers and their donation is a recognition of the lifesaving work that they do.

Fionna Moore said, “I was delighted to meet Sir Michael Snyder and his colleagues today and to receive the Metropolitan Grand Lodge’s very kind donation of five Volkswagen Tiguan emergency response vehicles. The donation is a tremendous gesture of support to the work of London Ambulance Service.

“The vehicles are a welcome addition to our current fleet. They will help our highly dedicated emergency responders to deliver first class emergency assistance to the people of London.”

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Notes for Editors

1. Emergency responders can respond to serious medical and trauma calls. They are a blue light response as an extra layer of support to our regular frontline ambulance crews, and provide around 900 hours of voluntary time every month.

2. We will deploy the vehicles across various boroughs in London, including Croydon, Ilford, Hillingdon, Isleworth and Friern Barnet. They will boost the current fleet and help us to expand the voluntary responder scheme into east London.

3. The Voluntary Responder Group is a registered charity and was launched by patron Dame Helen Mirren in March 2012. The charity offers financial support to volunteer groups responding to patients alongside a traditional 999 ambulance response. More details are available on our website.

http://www.londonambulance.nhs.uk/working_for_us/volunteering_with_us/voluntary_responder_group.aspx

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