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New Year Ambulance Boost
8:03am 1st January 2015
Cornwall prepares for a spike in emergency calls over the New Year.
The South Western Ambulance Service has made a plea for staff to cut breaks short.
It comes after it was close to crisis point over the festive period and on the brink of declaring a major incident.
They were dealing with 140 calls an hour - which means they were taking an extra 100 calls a day.
Spokesperson Neil Le Chevalier said: "In the four day holiday period, we had an unprecedented amount of demand upon the 999 service. Normally in the region we deal with around about two and a half thousand 999 calls - that went as high as three and a half thousand calls on the Saturday.
"We are preparing additional resources. We've got around about 120% cover over our normal 100% core cover. That means we've got extra ambulances, extra RV cars and we've got alcohol recovery centres."
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