National Emergency Management Services (NEMS) has received a boost to its fleet of emergency service vehicles, as Global Medical Response donated twelve ambulances in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.
The first donation of four ambulances took place on September 12, the second shipment of four more ambulances on September 24 and an additional four ambulances are expected in approximately two weeks.
In addition to new ambulances, Global has also donated three forty-foot containers of emergency medical equipment and supplies to NEMS. In the coming days, NEMS is expected to receive the equipment and supplies.
NEMS Director Dr. Alvery Hanna highlighted the friendship between former NEMS paramedic Kevin Bell and Global Medical Response’s regional director, which allowed for a direct initial appeal.
She noted, “ Global’s efforts have grown into a significant partnership with the Bahamas government. Global’s contribution to Dorian relief efforts extends beyond the donation of ground ambulances, equipment and supplies. During the immediate medical response, Global assisted with the helicopter lift of medical evacuees out of the areas impacted by Dorian.”
The ambulances are Ford Type 2 emergency medical vehicles with one Ford Type 3 emergency vehicle.
Five ambulances will be deployed to Grand Bahama, which sustained the greatest loss as a result of the flooding associated with Hurricane Dorian. Two ambulances will be deployed to Abaco and one will remain in New Providence to serve as a back up emergency vehicle.