All pictures by Johanniter regional branch of Berlin
Over the weekend of 15 and 16 September, St John volunteers provided medical coverage at the 45th BMW Berlin Marathon. More than 300 volunteers from all across Germany were present, while 42 volunteers from Austria, England and Poland made this event the biggest swap ever within the JOIN family. This year, a record number of 44,389 runners registered for the Berlin Marathon.
On Sunday, the day of the main race, St John volunteers staffed at help points along the route and in the finish area to look after the runners and the spectators. Emergency ambulances, patient transport ambulances, motorcycles, foot patrols and the newly created 'Cycle Response' team were also involved. On Saturday took place the mini-marathon with 10,089 school students and the skaters’ marathon with 5,258 skaters. In total, JOIN members’ services were required in 1,056 incidents (351 along the route and 882 in the finish area).
21 Polish volunteers from Joannici Dzieło Pomocy, 14 volunteers from Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe Austria and 7 volunteers from St John Ambulance England and The Islands went to support the Berlin Johanniter regional branch. Other German St John volunteers came from Baden-Würtenberg, Bavaria, Brandenburg-Nordwest, Dresden, Hanau & Main-Kinzig, Hannover, Mittelthüringen, Münster, Rhein-Ruhr, Rostock and Stade.