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Lawrence Dallaglio MBE opens London Ambulance Service’s refurbished incident control room

Rugby star Lawrence Dallaglio visited the headquarters of London Ambulance Service today (19 January 2006) to officially open the refurbished incident control room.

The incident control room was used by the Service to manage its response to the 7 July bombings and the attempted attacks on 21 July 2005.

During his visit, Lawrence met Director of Operations Martin Flaherty OBE who led the Service’s response to the bombings, and also spoke to many of the staff who handled emergency calls and helped co-ordinate the Service’s vehicles and resources on the day. Lawrence unveiled a commemorative plaque and officially declared the room open before seeing how the facility is used.

Talking about his visit, the London Wasps player said: “Along with so many other people across the country, I was personally hugely impressed with the way the London Ambulance Service and other emergency services responded to the awful events of 7 July.

“Staff working in the control room did a fantastic job in helping Londoners and managing the complex task of getting paramedics where they were needed most. Everyone at London Wasps wanted to thank the staff for the work they did on 7 July and so we decided to present them with a signed London Wasps shirt which will hang outside the Emergency Operations Centre in recognition of their efforts.”

Commenting on the refurbishment of the incident control room, Martin Flaherty said: “In total 85 control room staff were involved on the day in taking calls and managing all our different vehicles and resources at the different incident sites. These new facilities, which have been developed over the last 18 months, will mean the Service is even better prepared to respond to major incidents across the capital and manage large events like New Year’s Eve, Notting Hill Carnival and the London Marathon.”

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Picture shows Lawrence Dallaglio unveiling a commemorative plaque to officially declare the incident control room open.

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