THOSE on a Friday night out in Dartford can get seek refuge and get first aid in a new bus in the town centre.

The Dartford Safe Place bus is manned by St John Ambulance volunteers who offer first aid, advice or just somewhere warm to call a taxi.

The bus, which parks in Market Street, is a part of a joint venture between St John Ambulance and Dartford Council as they try to make Dartford a more safe and enjoyable place to be at night.

St John Ambulance volunteer, Jono Erodotou, said: "We are equipped to deal with everything from the tiniest cuts and grazes to more serious problems such as cardiac arrests and broken bones.

“The idea is that this will significantly reduce ambulance callouts and time spent at the emergency department at local hospitals.

“People will get prompt treatment in a safe environment.

“Our first aiders are often the difference between life and death and while we hope there won't be any serious casualties visiting the bus, it's reassuring for the public to know we're there for them."

Dartford Council leader, Councillor Jeremy Kite, said: “I hope the Dartford Safe Place will provide a useful point of contact for people who need assistance whether it be first aid or just a bit of advice.”