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Engineer joins NHS ambulance crews on COVID-19 frontline

A power engineer from Saffron Walden is responding to 999 calls to help the NHS, during COVID-19, as a volunteer with St John Ambulance.

From Press releases - 1 May 2020 12:00 AM


Euan Macrae, a project manager at UK Power Networks, leads projects to deliver major electricity infrastructure, such as substations and cables that keep the lights on in London, and in his free time he’s spent the past eight years as a trained emergency ambulance crew volunteer with St John Ambulance.


Since the coronavirus outbreak he has spent several days each week with St John Ambulance across Essex and London, which is supporting the NHS with thousands of volunteers across the country stepping forward to offer assistance. The charity has been actively supporting ambulance services, hospitals and communities to protect life and health.


Euan said: “As an emergency ambulance crew member, we have been responding to 999 calls to assist with both East of England Ambulance Service and London Ambulance Service. We have seen the excellent work of the NHS and other essential workers on the frontline during the challenging times presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.


“I am very proud to be part of St John Ambulance and with the training I have received it is very rewarding to give something back to the community. I feel an obligation to support over these challenging times and knowing that we are making a difference in the local community makes all the hard work worthwhile.


“This COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging experience and some cases can be upsetting. This virus is invisible and with some carriers not showing symptoms, it is very easily spread, with potentially devastating consequences. I strongly urge everyone to continue to follow the government advice and stay at home but to still continue to call for help via the 111 and 999 service.


“My volunteering for St John Ambulance and career as a project manager for UK Power Networks are very different however they have many transferable skills. My colleagues at UK Power Networks are often a little surprised by my volunteer role but their encouragement has been tremendous. Without the support of the company in releasing my time during the week I would not have been able to give as much time to St John Ambulance in supporting the NHS.”


Martin Houghton-Brown, chief executive of St John Ambulance, added: “It is excellent to hear that UK Power Networks has taken this step to release Euan so that he can use his skills in his volunteering role to help in the work we and the NHS are doing to fight COVID-19. This is a very positive move for an organisation to make. We thank them and would encourage other businesses across the country to do the same and let our volunteers volunteer during this pandemic.”


Euan added: “One of the best things that has come from this pandemic is the community spirit and the way everyone is helping each other in their local communities. This is why I joined St John Ambulance in the first place and I encourage others to consider volunteering for St John Ambulance to protect life and health across the country.”