Saturday 26th September 2015 – 1.36pm – Murray MacGregor.
West Midlands Ambulance Service is gearing up for potentially one of the busiest weekends of the year.
With a bumper programme of international sport, fashion, music, events and shopping on the cards, along with good weather, the whole region looks set to be buzzing with activity.
As a result, the Trust has put in place extensive plans to ensure people continue to get the medical support they need in an emergency.
Emergency Services Director, Craig Cooke, said: “We have been planning for this weekend for quite a while now. We are expecting literally hundreds of thousands of people to be out enjoying the wonderful West Midlands over the two days.
“Much of the focus will be on Birmingham with two Rugby World Cup matches to be played, but there are ‘fanzones’ in both Birmingham and Rugby as well. There are also fashion and comedy events taking place and of course, the new multi-million pound shopping centre above the revamped New Street Station in Birmingham.
“As usual, our City Centre Treatment Unit will be operating tonight in Birmingham’s Broad Street and we’ll have additional staff working with that.
“Add to that, football matches in Stoke, Shrewsbury, Walsall and Birmingham and a league rugby match in Worcester and you can see it is a bumper weekend.
“As a Trust we will have additional ambulances, rapid response vehicles, doctors and volunteer community first responders on duty right across the Region keeping the public safe.
“However, we would ask the public to take responsibility for their own safety; if you’re out in a group, make sure you look out for each other. Have you thought about how you are going to get home?
“I’d like to thank the many staff who are coming into work additional shifts to keep the public safe on what looks set to be a fantastic weekend.”