Thousands of new year calls

Director of emergency services, Derek Cartwright.
Director of emergency services, Derek Cartwright.
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AMBULANCE staff dealt with 2,265 calls across the North West in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

An emergency call was made every 10 seconds between midnight at 7am, with 546 serious and immediately life threatening incidents, including two people reported in the sea in Blackpool, at least 17 serious assaults, numerous traffic accidents and two incidents involving fireworks.

But there were also inappropriate calls, including one 999 request for a paramedic team to take a dog’s temperature.

Director of emergency services, Derek Cartwright, said: “The service always expects a high increase in demand during this time.

“However we anticipate this surge and managed it appropriately by increasing resources.

“This included an additional 13 rapid response vehicles, more than 50 extra emergency ambulances and extra staff within the trust’s three emergency control centres.”

“All our staff worked very hard both in control rooms and frontline crews.”

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