Normality

It seems that the LAS is back to normal. No hospitals are closed, the Underground is recovering and the buses are pretty much back to normal.
London isn't in fear, and we don't seem to be hanging Muslims from lamposts. Instead we are dealing with it, and getting back to normal. This shows the resiliance of Londoners no matter the faith, ethnicity or class.

I think Mayor Livingstone summed it up best when he said,

“I want to say one thing: This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty or the powerful, it is not aimed at presidents or prime ministers, it was aimed at ordinary working-class Londoners,” Livingstone told reporters.

“That isn't an ideology, it isn't even a perverted faith, it's mass murder,” Livingstone said. “We know what the objective is. They seek to divide London.”

Now it is up to the nurses, physiotherapists, medical applications, therapists and all the other allied services to take over the long term and continuing healing process. These people are often forgotten but have a vital role in saving life and function.

Once more the blogsphere provided up to date news as well as reporting on what the mainstream media was saying.

We have a highly unofficial messageboard, there have been a lot of messages of support. Here are a few excerpts (all unedited).

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The LAS and its sister services did a stupendous job today. I doubt if any city in the world could have mounted a similar response. The press talk about heroism. I'd rather talk about professionalism, organisation and effectiveness.

The street level emergency may have wound down, but a lot of our healthcare friends and colleagues are still working hard to save the lives and assure the recovery of the many victims.

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I was involved in the incidents from start to finish and can honestly say no matter how much we moan and whine , it all “came together ” today , be it the LAS , the LFB , the Voluntary services , hospitals , the DSO's and AOM's we slag off , the met , the MOD plod , BTP, private amb services helped out, Miat teams , medical teams , HEMS , london buses who conveyed walking wounded , the GP's and district nurses who set up treatement centres in schools, joe public who gave out food to 999 personnel , the outer county services who responded to assist and anyone else i may have missed.

I might regret this , but i can actually say i was proud to work for the LAS today

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I've been on duty all day out in the 'burbs in south london. We've been listening in on ch9 most of the time. To those involved you have my total admiration for a job superbly done, you're all a credit to this service.

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I have to say I have never seen a service as organised as the LAS were today. I offered to go to work and when I arrived there was absolute calm and proffesionalism amongst every rank.

To be honest I thought it would be a nightmare but I was proved wrong. How well everyone did was astounding and a credit to the service.

Well done all involved and especially well done to all in CAC and gold control for organising what can only be described as a massive operation.

Also, well done for all the Tech, para's, ECP's and TQAT's. You can feel very proud all of you.

Thanks also to all the outer counties that assisted. Cheers Boys and girls. Your efforts will not be forgotten.

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Just got home. It was a bit of a bugger out there today.

Drink. Shower. Drink. Sleep.

Talk to you all later…

Well done folks – went as well as could be expected.

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well done all those who attended today, and well done to CAC on channel 9.

was listening in, and communication was second to none.

fantastic job.

Phone link went down to one of the recieving hospitals,

CAC put out G.B for any crew at hospital to relay blue call info.

Fantastic

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I am proud today for the Service I work for.

We all moan, we have grips about what now seem trivial matters.

Many of us came together for what was a horrendous and cowardly act of lunacy.

Everyone deserves a large pat on the back safe in the knowledge you all did a fantastic job.

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(If anyone wants their comment taken down, let me know)

25 thoughts on “Normality”

  1. I too thought Ken livingstones speech was brillient, spot on and spoken like he felt it from the heart. It's not often everyone agrees with the guy, but I think this time he spoke for the nation.Just to add my thanks along with everyone else for the fantastic way all the emergency services came together and delt with everything that was thrown at them so well.

  2. I was semi-shocked with the craziness, and worried about some of my friends / relatives who work in Russell Square. Luckily everyone is ok and I ended the day smiling yesterday. However, tonight i was moved to tears when i saw the solidarity and the sheer, awesome human resolve as every one of us Londoners said “fuck u” to the terrorists and went on living our lives the way they wished we couldnt. Kudos London… we love u!

  3. For the first time I was proud to pay my taxes yesterday.The work you guys did and continue to do made me feel safe and secure in the knowledge that professionals where out there running towards the danger and fear, not away.

    Thank you.

  4. I was only caught up in the fringes of this – the focus and calmness of the LAS (and the other agencies) did so much so set the tone for the way the whole of London coped. I can't begin to express my admiration and thanks.

  5. You see dear Reynolds (and Mr.Mayor) the problem is that Tony Blair (in close alliance with his master Bush) is who delivered “Shock and Awe to “ordinary working-class Baghdadis” and the

    “ordinary working-class Londoners” were the ones who had

    elected him and have re-elected him very recently.

    Hionia

  6. I have the utmost respect for London's emergency services. Yesterday was a complete triumph for the capital and all because of you guys. All across the world people were reporting about how damned excellent all of you were.Love and Respect!

    (I'm buying you a beer on the 23rd, Tom… 🙂

  7. I feel so proud to hear and read all these accounts of heroism and professional conduct, above and beyond the call of duty.”Well done” just doesn't do it justice. Thank you all for the work you do.

  8. Like the other person above I was very impressed (not quite the right word) with Ken yesterday. At a time of the inevitable platitudes that the press likes to quote I really felt he was speaking from the heart. A mixture of shock , sadness , defiance and anger.

  9. I'm a copper in a rural county, although I used to work in central london before joining the job. Yesterday I watched the most impressive display of professionalism, effective co-ordination and sheer well-planned response I've ever seen. My deepest professional respect to all LAS members, and all the other agencies, et al, who responded. I'm proud to drive a vehicle with a blue light, today, even more than normal.

  10. Hionia, the trouble with that kind of logic is that hate begets hate, and this should be about love. Fundamentalists are dangerous, and clearly Economists have too much lobbying power in the White House. The whole thing just makes me sad.

  11. I was an EMT for ten years and have been in law enforcement ( here in the US) for nearly 18 years now. You were all AWESOME yesterday. Your system seemed to work as seamlessly as one could hope for. I live immediately outside NY City and ,needless to say 9-11 and the aftermath is NOT a time I will forget any time soon. JOB WELL DONE to you and all your mates. You did all of us in emergency services proud.Sharon M

    saralaya@aol.com

  12. It did all come together beautifully…Despite what I said yesterday about Kings missing the brunt, I forgot that I was regestered on the Bank for the London and ended up doing 8 hours in their ICU yesterday.Some of the LAS boys came up last night before going home. I will never fail to be impressed mate…the boys done good.

  13. It's a long tradition in the US that military medevac / SAR pilots and crew are not allowed to purchase their own drinks. One would hope that you might experience at least a few weeks of the same…not to mention the several weeks' Post Major Incident Traffic Courtesy Window.

  14. I was evacuated from Westminster tube station and decided not to get on a bus as it was crowded. I walked down the embankment to hear sirens and see many fully loaded police vans on blues & twos.All of you chaps did an exceptional job, real pat on the back. I only wish I could have been envolved to help out.

    Even though, in true Londoner style you will say “I'm only doing my job”, You are all Heros.

    Well done.

    Special Constable – Lennie Briscoe

  15. I'm proud of you and your coworkers, too, darling, and although I appreciate the included unedited comments, perhaps a little clarification for those of us who don't speak the lingo…? (E.g., “be it the LAS , the LFB… the DSO's and AOM's we slag off , the met , the MOD plod , BTP, private amb services helped out, Miat teams , medical teams , HEMS” …?)Keep up the good work!

  16. Which r0x0rs, but _The Times_ posted Tom's link incorrectly; it doesn't work with the “www.” in front. I've sent them an email; I'm sure they'll get right on it….

  17. Just want to add that behind the scenes the DRC was working like mad to get all the extra staff in…not helped by the phone network going down (many of our contact numbers were mobiles). Nice to see it all go off so well and feel proud to have done my bit.

  18. Though I'm not a resident of London, or even a British citizen, I want to serve up my own congratulations on the fine job all of you, all of the various departments, did. As for the LAS, few people outside of the profession realize what an important link paramedics and ambulance drivers play in emergency situations like this. It's clear from your words, and the comments you posted from that message board, that your bosses and the groups coordinating emergency activities have done their homework well. Being able to handle four large incidents at the same time speaks of excellent planning, and probably training/drilling that cannot be beat.

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