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St John Ambulance volunteers aid 999 services in freezing weather

Volunteers from St John Ambulance have been drafted in to help one of Northern Ireland’s frontline emergency services cope with the freezing weather.

Crews have been assisting the regular ambulance service, which is facing increased pressure caused by the cold snap on non-emergency calls.

Between January 4 and 5, St John Ambulance volunteers dealt with 24 incidents, freeing the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service to manage almost 900 other calls.

In some cases, rapid response vehicles have also been used to access remote areas which have been inaccessible to ambulances.

Brian Ferguson from Unison, the union that represents ambulance drivers, said crews were trained to drive in treacherous conditions.

Belfast Telegraph