Ambulance staff to be thanked by the Mayor for efforts during riots

Our staff alongside the police, fire service and the Transport for London workers will tonight (Thursday 15 September) attend a reception hosted by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson to thank them for their hard work during last month’s riots.

At peak times, the Service had around 550 frontline staff and around 100 control room staff on duty and approximately 250 patients were treated during the disorder. The majority of injuries were as a result of people being hit with objects, including glass bottles and bricks.

Luckily, no ambulance staff were injured, although objects were thrown at some Service vehicles and there were reports of crews being threatened and intimidated while trying to care for patients.

London Ambulance Service Chief Executive Peter Bradley said: “Staff across the organisation showed great commitment and dedication to ensure that Londoners continued to receive the medical care they needed. The situation was made even more difficult by the fact that places that at one stage were quiet became hostile quite quickly, but staff dealt with everything they faced very professionally.

“I’m pleased that the Mayor has invited 50 of our staff to City Hall to thank them in person for their hard work during the riots.”

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said:  “I want to praise and personally thank the police, fire and ambulance services and Transport for London staff for their outstanding bravery, leadership and dedication during the extremely dangerous events of August.”

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