West Midlands Ambulance Service is once again gearing up for another potentially hectic evening as England play the second of their group stage matches at the 2014 World Cup.
Few people can have missed the fact that the match kicks off at 8.00pm against Uruguay tonight, and could seal the fate of the team depending on the result.
Last Saturday, demand rose very significantly both before, during, but specifically after the match against Italy with the number of incidents our staff attended well above what we would normally have expected to have seen on an average Saturday night.
Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “I would like to thank the many staff who are giving up their time to come in and work overtime shifts to allow us to deal so well with the additional demand.”
Acting Emergency Services Director, Nathan Hudson, added: “We will once again have additional crews and paramedics in rapid response vehicles in place around the region along with extra staff in the Emergency Operations Centres in Brierley Hill and Stafford.
“We all have our fingers crossed for the right result. All we’d ask is that ‘when’ that happens, people enjoy the moment sensibly. After all, there’s at least one more match to play.”