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Friday, July 19, 2013

Sun turns up heat for emergency services

Emergency Services in North Wales are hoping local communities and visitors alike can make the most of the recent spell of hot weather but to do so safely and responsibly and consider the extra burden placed on emergency responders in the region.


Chief Superintendent Jeremy Vaughan North Wales Police said: “Whilst it’s great to see the sun we must remember that with the hot weather comes increase visitors to our towns, beaches and parks, more traffic on our roads, increases risk of weather related medical incidents as well more alcohol related incidents.  

"Together with our colleagues in the Welsh Ambulance and North Wales Fire and Rescue Service we are all experiencing increased demands upon our service and whilst we want everyone to enjoy the sun and have fun please do so responsibly and consider the 999 system is for emergencies only.”

Andrew Jenkins, Deputy Director of Medical and Clinical Services at the Welsh Ambulance Service, said: “It is fair to say that the weather has affected all the demand across Wales. We would really appreciate if people would be considerate when dialling 999, and only do so in life-threatening situations. NHS Direct Wales, GP out-of-hours and pharmacies are all available for help and support with less serious injuries and illnesses.”

NHS Direct Wales, which is part of the Welsh Ambulance Service, has issued some simple advice to help people cope in the heat.   For further information contact  http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/861/page/54328

Gary Brandrick, Senior Fire Safety Manager at North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Have fun but stay safe in the summer heat – that is our message to the people of North Wales as the sun continues to shine across our region. 

"We want people to take on board the safety advice we are issuing – it could mean the difference between life and death.   It is important to be extra safety conscious and take more responsibility for your own actions.”

For more safety tips during the summer please click  http://www.nwales-fireservice.org.uk/keeping-you-safe/near-water/advice.aspx?lang=en

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