Staff from the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) were among those thanked for their role during London 2012 at a special event in the capital last week.
Games stars Liam Phillips and Martine Wright were the special guests at the ceremony held on Tuesday, November 13.
Liam, a finalist in the men’s BMX competition, joined sitting volleyball paralympian Martine and around 250 staff from around the country who worked in the capital in August and September.
East Midlands Ambulance Service sent a total of 27 staff to work at the Olympics and 13 to work at the Paralympics. Andy Magee, clinical operations manager at EMAS, worked in the Olympic Park during the Games. He said: “It is always interesting to see how other services work, what you do differently and what you do the same, and we all came back to the East Midlands having had new experiences and additional training which has helped develop our skills, particularly in dealing with major incidents.
“The events showcased the professionalism of UK ambulance services, and we have all been encouraged to share learning with our colleagues.”
Both athletes presented certificates to representatives of different staff groups who played a role during the Games – whether they were based at venues, responding to 999 calls across the capital or working in a control room or support departments.
Liam presented certificates to representatives from the different ambulance services that sent staff to London for the Games.
He said: “Somebody wearing a GB tracksuit can be proud of what was achieved during the Olympics and you guys have a lot of credit to take for that – the services you provide to some extent go unnoticed, but I’d like to thank you all.
“Thank you for making the summer of 2012 something that we can all be very proud of.”
The evening had a special significance for Martine, who was treated by staff from the London Ambulance Service after she was seriously injured in the 2005 London bombings.
Acting Chief Executive Martin Flaherty added: “The Games were a momentous occasion and so it was great to have the opportunity to come together to recognise everyone’s efforts. We proved that as an ambulance service nationally we can work well together and respond to enormous challenges.”