Search

‘They were legends’ - Ambulance staff travelled for hours to get into work and stayed late as region gripped by heavy snow and ice

PUBLISHED: 18:24 01 March 2018 | UPDATED: 07:44 02 March 2018

East of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST) crews praised for their work in the snow. Photo: Rob Adams

East of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST) crews praised for their work in the snow. Photo: Rob Adams

Rob Adams

Ambulance crews travelled for hours to get into work and stayed well past the end of their shifts to ensure patients stayed safe while the region was gripped with heavy snowfall.

East of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST) crews praised for their work in the snow. Photo: Rob AdamsEast of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST) crews praised for their work in the snow. Photo: Rob Adams

Despite vehicles getting stuck in snow and working in adverse conditions, crews have been praised for their hard work and dedication by bosses.

Rob Adams, duty locality officer for central Norfolk with the East of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST), said crews had been “amazing” and “done EEAST proud”.

He said four ambulances were stuck Wednesday night, one of which had a patient on board, but staff were prepared with shovels and snow socks to free themselves.

It comes as EEAST declared “surge black” - a measure of capacity only exceeded by a major incident - because snow was slowing them down.

East of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST) crews praised for their work in the snow. Photo: Rob AdamsEast of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST) crews praised for their work in the snow. Photo: Rob Adams

But Mr Adams said intrepid staff had continued to show their dedication. He said: “It took one member of staff seven hours to get from Watton to Longwater (in Norwich) but she still came in.”

Mr Adams said the staff member even stayed a couple of hours later to help out.

And he said crews had been staying hours past their finish time without complaint due to the conditions.

Some members of staff had even brought sleeping bags in case they could not make it home.

East of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST) crews praised for their work in the snow. Photo: Rob AdamsEast of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST) crews praised for their work in the snow. Photo: Rob Adams

But he praised not just the staff but the members of the public who had been helping them out.

He said: “It’s nice to see they all pulled together. We’ve had our community first responders who have continued to work for us and in some cases they’ve been walking to jobs, they’ve walked to patients. And we talk about community spirit, the patient who was in the ambulance which was stuck, his wife was giving us directions on the best way to go. Everyone is making the effort.”

He added: “I’m proud - that’s the word I would use. They were legends in that respect and it made me proud to put on that uniform and represent who we are because they’ve gone above and beyond.

“I could not have asked for anymore.”

East of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST) crews praised for their work in the snow. Photo: Rob AdamsEast of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST) crews praised for their work in the snow. Photo: Rob Adams

East of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST) crews praised for their work in the snow. Photo: Rob AdamsEast of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST) crews praised for their work in the snow. Photo: Rob Adams

East of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST) crews praised for their work in the snow. Photo: Rob AdamsEast of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST) crews praised for their work in the snow. Photo: Rob Adams

Other News

Yesterday, 17:38

The ongoing road closures in Bradwell are causing “chaos” for residents who live nearby to the A143 in the village.

Yesterday, 16:21

A father whose two sons rely on one of the 46 children’s centres under threat of closure has urged people to make their voices heard over the controversial proposals.

Yesterday, 15:13

Airy open carriages, free fast wifi and a USB point for every passenger – Greater Anglia have unveiled the inside of their new regional trains.

Yesterday, 15:07

Ever since that fateful day in June 2016, questions have been asked over just what the people of the United Kingdom - and Norfolk - had voted for.

Most Read

Wed, 21:03

Two cases of a mystery illness that can kill dogs walked in woodland have been reported to a Norfolk vets after a break of several years.

Read more
Facebook
Monday, August 6, 2018

Searches are taking place for a 12-year-old boy who has gone missing from home.

Read more
Trafalgar College
Mon, 15:30

Emergency services rushed to the scene of an industrial accident where a wall fell onto a man in the Cobholm area of Great Yarmouth.

Read more
Wed, 18:03

A book of remembrance has been opened for a woman described as “the heart of Gorleston Library.”

Read more
Southtown
Mon, 15:45

Flowers and emotional tributes have been left by the river in Bure Park by family and friends of Tony Green.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 10°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the Great
Yarmouth Mercury

e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up

Great Yarmouth Mercury weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy