Alan’s Diary – SNOW! 5.1.10
The forecast last night had been for snow and lots of it. Boy were they right. I woke up to find my wife and kids all eagerly looking out of the window to see how many cars were getting down the hill outside our house. As most cars were struggling to move in the snow chances of schools being closed was pretty high. The phone call soon came in to say that the kid’s school was shut, closely followed by the news that my wife’s school (she’s a teacher) was also closed. There was much cheering in our house.
I had originally planned to be working in Birkenhead, but as my car was under a foot of snow, I settled in for a day of working from home. My family decided to walk down in to the town to pick up some supplies. Just as they were leaving I received a text to say we had a callout in Stockport. It sounded like an Ambulance assist, but I had little chance of getting there. I sent a reply to say I was available, but my car was stuck. I changed into my Mountain Rescue gear and packed my bag. The route the Land Rovers would take to get to Stockport goes past my house, and sure enough they soon turned up. One went past on Blues and Twos and the other pulled up outside my house. “Get in” shouted Hamish – I grabbed my gear, jumped in and we were off.
En route, I was briefed that the North West Ambulance Service was inundated with 999 calls, and had asked for every Ambulance available to help out. Our two 4×4 Ambulances would be extra useful on the slippery roads. The first call was to a house in a snowed up road in Stockport, but when we got there the Ambulance service had managed to get the people out.
We were then tasked to assist at a road traffic accident on the M60. As we arrived it was clear that this was a serious incident involving two Lorries. The M60 had been closed and there were several other services already on scene. The incident controller decided that he had enough resources, so we were sent on to other jobs.
At this point, we were asked to split up and go to separate incidents. Between us we handled around another six jobs, before finally meeting up in Wythenshawe Hospital. We worked through until 6pm, at which point we arranged a shift change with some of our team members who couldn’t get away from their real jobs through the day. It was a tiring day, but it was good to be in a position to help out. I went home to get some sleep, ready to see what the next day would bring.