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Pendeen St John Ambulance Cliff Rescue

St John Ambulance volunteers assist in a cliff rescue.

News 1964 1 mins Silent

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The Pendeen Division of the St John Ambulance is called out to a rescue a nearby cliff. St John Ambulance train and support volunteers to carry out emergency response first aid and work alongside emergency services. Volunteers continue to support the National Health Service, cover events and are on hand for national disasters. The St John Ambulance Association was set up in 1877 by the Venerable Order of St John with a logo of the Maltese Cross used throughout the world.

The Association offered self-help in nineteenth century workplaces aiming to reduce the number of workers injured or killed as a result of industrial accidents. Chivalrous orders came out of the Crusades but the St John Ambulance whose Venerable Order has its roots in Jerusalem has issued secular meaning to the once Christian values and these are to be observant, tactful, resourceful, dextrous, explicit, discriminating, persevering, and sympathetic. Cornwall retains St John Ambulance bases at Newquay, St Austell and Helston. The area in the film now forms part of the 630-mile long South West Coast Path, routes used originally by the Coastguard between lighthouses as they patrolled for smugglers.