St John Ambulance volunteers have come forward in their hundreds wishing to play their part in keeping members of the public safe throughout the period of national mourning and at ceremonial events, including Queen Elizabeth II’s lying in state and funeral. 

The emergency services are used to working with emergency planners in local authorities but during the pandemic, the work of the NHS emergency planning team was brought into sharp relief as the country reeled from Covid. I talk to the man in charge to find out more.