Glasgow Helicopter Incident: Ministers Meet Ambulance Crew Involved in Recovery

 Monday 2 December 2013

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has paid tribute to the emergency services as she met crew members from the Scottish Ambulance Service at Springburn Station.

Ms Sturgeon met with paramedics and technicians, including those first on scene, special operations response teams, emergency medical retrieval staff and air ambulance staff.

The investigation is continuing this afternoon to establish the cause of the incident. The First Minister will make a parliamentary statement tomorrow.

Ms Sturgeon said:

“I can only imagine the grief and anguish those who lost a loved one are suffering. I hope that they can take some comfort in the knowledge that more victims have now been recovered.

“The hard work and determination of our emergency services, who have been working around the clock on the recovery operation has been extraordinary.

“As we’ve heard this was an incredibly difficult operation. Air accident investigators have described this as one of the most complex crash sites that they’ve ever worked on. 

“The fundamental priority of our emergency services is to find survivors. As well as this, they have worked tirelessly to preserve the dignity of the victims and protect those working on the operation from any further danger.

“This afternoon I met with the ambulance crew who answered their call of duty and attended that dreadful scene on Friday night. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that their efforts, and those of all the emergency services, helped to save as many lives as possible.

“Given how small the community of our flying emergency services is, we know that this will have a profound personal impact on them.

“I would like to say my own thanks and mark my own admiration for all the continued professionalism of the staff who worked over the weekend to treat and care for those injured in this tragedy.

“They have shown great heroism.”

Pauline Howie, Chief Executive, Scottish Ambulance Service, said:

“The thoughts of everyone at the Scottish Ambulance are with those affected by this tragic incident, some of whom are friends and colleagues.

“I would like to thank all of our teams who responded immediately, working throughout the night to treat and care for the injured alongside colleagues in the police and fire services.

“As always, our staff displayed the highest standards of professionalism and a total focus on saving lives when faced with an incredibly challenging situation. 

“I would also like to thank the many people who have sent messages of support throughout the weekend.”