Halton donates ambulance to Oakville-Milton, Halton Hills branch of St. John Ambulance

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Published November 1, 2021 at 4:25 pm

From Left to Right: Chuck McCormack, Regional Chair, St. John Ambulance Halton-Hamilton; Tim Bauer, Executive Director, St. John Ambulance Halton-Hamilton; Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Medical Officer of Health, Halton Region; Vince Cicero, Unit Chief, St. John Ambulance Oakville-Milton & Halton Hills; Chief Greg Sage, Chief/Director of Paramedic Services, Halton Region with the donated vehicles at Woodlands Operations Centre. HALTON REGION PHOTO

A donation by Halton Region is helping to gear up first aid services at the Oakville-Milton and Halton Hills branch of St. John Ambulance Canada.

The Region recently donated one decommissioned ambulance and one emergency response unit to the local branch to help provide medical support for residents attending community events in Halton.

“Halton is proud to donate these vehicles to St. John Ambulance Canada to support their medical responder program,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “For more than 20 years, we have partnered with St. John Ambulance to help provide first aid services to residents attending community events throughout our region.

“Thank you to staff and volunteers at St. John Ambulance Canada for all of the countless hours you have dedicated to serving and caring for our community.”

The decommissioned vehicles from Halton Region’s Paramedic Services can still operate at full capacity to meet the needs of St. John Ambulance.

The ambulances are normally around five years old and have between 225,000 and 275,000 kilometres on the odometer.

Since 2000, some 17 decommissioned vehicles have been donated to St. John Ambulance branches by Halton Region. They have also donated ambulances to various charities for use in Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, South Sudan and Ukraine.

“We are grateful to have community partners like St. John Ambulance Canada who help provide essential first aid and medical assistance at community events across Halton,” said Greg Sage, Chief/Director of Halton Region Paramedic Services. “On behalf of Halton Region Paramedic Services, I am pleased that we are able to donate these two vehicles to support our local St. John Ambulance Canada branches and provide life-saving care when residents may need it most.”

St. John Ambulance Canada is part of a world-wide, non-profit, non-denominational charitable organization that provides medical training (first aid) and community services.

Annually, St. John Ambulance staff volunteer hundreds of hours at many community events.

“Having such wonderful community partners like Halton Region allows St. John Ambulance to expand our Medical First Responder program outreach into the Halton community,” said Tim Bauer, Executive Director of St. John Ambulance Halton-Hamilton.

“Our mandate at St. John Ambulance is ‘saving lives at home, work and play.’ Halton Region’s generous donation of two vehicles in support of our program allows our volunteer teams to provide first aid coverage at hundreds of community events every year in Halton.”

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