Ambulance crews praise public for helping them beat the freezing conditions

Ambulance crews have commended local residents for their excellent community spirit when ambulances fell foul of the snowy conditions over the last four days. Gary Sanderson, spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: Over the last few

Ambulance crews have commended local residents for their 'excellent community spirit' when ambulances fell foul of the snowy conditions over the last four days.

Gary Sanderson, spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: "Over the last few days, we have received a high volume of calls to snow related incidents such as people falling over, road traffic collisions and general illnesses. There have been occasions when our ambulances have had difficulty accessing patients due to the roads being totally inaccessible.

"There have been several incidents where members of the public have assisted and helped out our paramedics get to their patients. People with 4x4s and tractors have come to the rescue. The public has even been armed with buckets and spades to dig out pathways for ambulance crews.

"This was an excellent show of the community working together and we cannot thank them enough for helping us out in this difficult time.