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St John's Ambulance was set up by the British Order of St. John, a group who cares for the sick in the Hospitaller tradition. Throughout the Industrial Revolution work related accidents were frequent but victims rarely saw a doctor in time, and death or disability from untreated injuries were commonplace. Members of the British Order wanted to find a way to help. They decided to train ordinary people in First Aid so accident victims could be treated quickly on the spot. In 1877, they set up St. John Ambulance to provide this emergency medical care in an organised way.