350 St John volunteers at the Berlin Marathon

Berlin, Germany, 25. September 2016

All pictures by Juliane Flurschütz (Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe Germany)

Over the weekend of 24 and 25 September, teams from our Austrian, German and Polish JOIN members provided assistance at the 43rd BMW Berlin Marathon with a total of 350 volunteers.

On Sunday, the day of the main race, St John volunteers staffed 25 help points along the route and in the finish area in order to look after the 40,000 runners as well as more than a million spectators. 10 emergency ambulances, 15 patient transport ambulances, 2 emergency medical service vehicles, 14 motorcycles, 1 bicycle and 28 foot patrols were present. JOIN members’ services were required in 864 incidents and 57 patients had to be transported to the hospital.

Björn Teuteberg (left), Board member of the regional branch of Johanniter Berlin, and five first aiders and medical workers with refugee background. The five young men were trained by Johanniter Germany.

On Saturday took place the mini-marathon and the skaters’ marathon. 272 St John volunteers were involved.

This year, the Berlin Johanniter regional branch was supported by other German St John volunteers coming from Aachen, Baden-Würtenberg, Bremen, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Göttingen, Hamburg, Ingolstadt, Kiel, Leising, Nordbrandenburg, Oderland-Spree, Regensburg, Salzgitter, Schleswig, Schwabach, Singen, Südbrandenburg, Wunstorf, and Zwickau-Voigtland. In addition, there were ten volunteers from Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe Austria and Joannici Dzieło Pomocy from Poland.