16:59 Friday 14 February 2014

Ambulance service warning for weekend weather forecast

Written byJOANNA CRAIG

09/01/14 Road floodingLocalised Flooding on the B5017 near marchington 09/01/14 Road floodingLocalised Flooding on the B5017 near marchington

WITH more heavy rain and winds forecast for the rest of today and into the weekend, ambulance staff are urging the public to take some simple precautions to stay safe.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) is continuing to liaise closely with fellow emergency services and the Environment Agency in flood hit areas of the region, as the weekend weather forecast looks 'turbulent'.

Additional ambulance vehicles with 4x4 capabilities will be on standby throughout the weekend in anticipation of bad weather.

WMAS assistant chief ambulance officer, Steve Wheaton, said: “We would ask all members of the public to follow the advice of the Environment Agency and other emergency services and stay away from flood control channels, rivers, streams and other waterways at this time.

“The forecasted strong wind and heavy rain will no doubt make driving conditions treacherous.

"Please take extra care if you are out on the region’s roads this weekend and keep up-to-date with road closures via your local radio stations and council websites.

"However tempting it is, we urge motorists to avoid driving through flooded roads.

“Not heeding the many safety warnings puts lives at risk, including ambulance staff and other emergency service personnel called to provide a service in these most challenging of conditions.

“Please only call 999 for life threatening emergencies.

"For less urgent cases of illness, injury or pre-existing conditions, the public are advised to consider alternative medical assistance such as their GP, NHS 111, visit a walk-in centre or consult a pharmacist."

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