Ambulance service thanks public after a two per cent call increase over the bank holiday weekend

PUBLISHED: 12:56 29 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:56 29 August 2017

Biggleswade and Shefford firefighters and paramedics helped extricate a motorist who was trapped by her injuries after a crash involving three cars in Henlow last night.

Biggleswade and Shefford firefighters and paramedics helped extricate a motorist who was trapped by her injuries after a crash involving three cars in Henlow last night.

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The East of England Ambulance Service has thanked the public after seeing just a two per cent rise in calls over the bank holiday weekend.

The service received 7,976 emergency calls over the short break, with Saturday (August 26) seeing the highest figures as more than 2,600 calls came in.

In total, 2,183 responses were sent out to incidents that day.

Essex was the busiest county in the region though, with more than 2,400 calls over the three-day weekend.

Compared to last year, however, the county has improved with 2,467 put into the service in 2016.

Robert Morton, chief executive, said: “The bank holiday weekend is reported as being one of the hottest on record for decades and usually we would see a marked increase to match.

“I would like to thank to the public for choosing wisely over the weekend. Although we received almost 8,000 calls, there could have been a greater demand for our service.

“I’d also like to thank our staff, volunteers and managers for working hard to provide the best care to our patients.”

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