During the latest Covid lockdown when most of Guernsey was sleeping, a group of volunteers have left their beds, donned overalls aprons and gloves and are decontaminating an ambulance that has been used to transports a patient with Covid symptoms.
Vikki Zabel is one of the newest members of the St John decontamination team. She is in her second year as a Student Nurse, but wanted to spend her spare time between her studying to help out.
“Calls come in day and night because the paramedics are working hard around the clock. Everyone who works and volunteers for St John are lovely and hardworking and I am very happy to be part of the team,” she said.
Decontaminating an ambulance can take a team of four people an hour and a half to complete the volunteers free-up the frontline ambulance crews to allow them to respond to another call.
“I have not done anything close to this before, but I wish to carry on after Covid. To anyone who is thinking of volunteering I would say 100% go for it. It brings new opportunities, experiences and you know you are doing something good for the people around you.”