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MARS - A View From The Roadside

The start of 2009 saw the ambulance service at near crisis point with a huge surge in demand over recent weeks.  Coupled with this, our dispatch has been a bit variable as the recent closure of the Hereford & Worcester control room has meant that local ambulance resources and MARS responders have been tasked from Dudley.  Fortunately, many of the old faces have moved to the new control desk, but it’s bound to take a while for things to reach any state of normality.  Call rates have followed odder patterns than normal, with an increase in calls to medical conditions, in December in parti