The National Emergency Management Services (NEMS) receiving a boost to its fleet of emergency service vehicles as Global Medical Response donates twelve (12) ambulances in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. The first donation of four (4) ambulances took place on September 12th, the second shipment of four (4) more ambulances on September 24th, and an additional four (4) ambulances expected in approximately two (2) weeks.
In addition to new ambulances, Global has also donated three (3) 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 Medial Response’s Regional Director which allowed for a direct initial appeal. She added that, “ Global’s efforts have grown into a significant partnership with the Bahamas Government. Global’s contribution to Dorian Relief 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 (van chassis) emergency medical vehicles with one Ford Type 3 (box chassis) emergency vehicle. Five (5) ambulances will be deployed to Grand Bahama, which sustained the greatest loss as a result of the flooding associated with Hurricane Dorian. Two (2) ambulances will be deployed to Abaco and one (1) will remain in New Providence to serve as a back up emergency vehicle.