Ice brings busiest day for ambulance service

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STAFF at South Central Ambulance Service have been put under pressure with its busiest weekend this year.

The snow and frozen conditions have increased the number of 999 calls by 35 per cent. In response the service increased its operations to Resourcing Escalatory Action Plan four. However, a spokesman said that it is well prepared to manage the adverse conditions with a fleet of 4x4 vehicles available that are deployed 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Vehicles are also fitted with snow socks to keep tyres warm and arrangements have been made to make sure staff get into work.

The response to calls by the service for off-duty staff and managers to come to work has been described by South Central Ambulance Service as tremendous, while co-responders and Community First Responders have given increased support.