St John response for Christchurch on February 22, 2011

St John response for Christchurch on February 22, 2011

St John response for Christchurch on February 22, 2011

After the magnitude 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch on 22 February 2011, St John crews responded to brain injuries, chest and limb injuries and crush injuries – transporting patients from around the stricken city and treating patients in the temporary triage centre we established at Latimer Square. Our crews, perhaps for the first time, faced the reality of transporting patients who had received emergency amputations in the field and operating triage on a large scale.

During the days immediately following the quake, we were the lead agency at the welfare centres where we treated over 500 patients. We distributed 300 first aid kits to households in some of the worst affected areas in Avonside.

John Campbell interviewed two St John ambulance officers who were involved with our response. Watch the Campbell Live video below

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