London Ambulance Service hopes a donation of five new fast-response cars will help it to recruit 30 more volunteer medics able to respond to life-saving emergencies.
A charity set up by actress Dame Helen Mirren four years ago has seen 145 people with medical training sign up as voluntary responders, rushing to patients suffering heart attack or cardiac arrest at the same time as frontline LAS crews.
They will be given use of the fully equipped blue-light Volkswagen Tiguan vehicles, which have been donated to LAS by the London Freemasons. The volunteers provide about 900 hours of cover a month and attend serious medical and trauma calls.
The vehicles will be based in Croydon, Ilford, Hillingdon, Isleworth and Friern Barnet.
LAS chief executive Dr Fionna Moore said: “The donation is a tremendous gesture of support to the work of the London Ambulance Service.
“The vehicles are a welcome addition to our current fleet. They will help our highly dedicated emergency response staff to deliver first class emergency assistance to the people of London.”
The Freemasons’ metropolitan grand master, Sir Michael Snyder, said: “The donation of these five rapid response ambulance cars is another fine example of London Freemasons’ care and support for the London community.”