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York Region Paramedics help Caribbean country deliver important medical treatment through donation of decommissioned ambulance

Decommissioned Ambulance

Pictured from left to right: Chris Spearen, Acting Chief and General Manager, York Region Paramedic Services; Frances Delsol, Trade and Investment Commissioner for Dominica; Wayne Emmerson, York Region Chairman and CEO; Harry Harakh, President and CEO, Caribbean North Charities Foundation; Tom Vegh, Regional Councillor, Town of Newmarket; Iain Park, Deputy Chief, York Region Paramedic Services.

Newmarket – York Region Paramedic Services today handed over the keys to a decommissioned ambulance to Caribbean North Charities Foundation, a registered Canadian charity that provides humanitarian aid and medical equipment to communities in the Caribbean.

“When we donate ambulances and medical equipment to other countries, we play a role in helping others receive life-saving medical treatment when and where they need it,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “Ambulance donations are an important way York Region can contribute to agencies here at home and around the world. This is an excellent way to extend the life of our ambulances so they can be used to benefit even more individuals, families and health providers.”

Decommissioned ambulances can be donated to registered not-for-profit, community or international humanitarian organizations that offer services similar to those supported by York Region.

“Many developing countries find it challenging for health providers to respond readily to emergency needs with medications and relevant equipment,” said Harry Harakh, President and CEO of Caribbean North Charities Foundation. “This ambulance will help ensure first responders in the Commonwealth of Dominica can continue to save lives by being able to attend to, and transport, distressed patients from remote villages to the nearest hospital, as well as provide transfers from out-of-town hospitals to the main tertiary care hospital in the city under the supervision of an EMS professional. We extend our sincere appreciation to York Region for this donation and for allowing the Caribbean North Charities Foundation to give it a useful second life.”

The life cycle of an ambulance in York Region is five years or 250,000 kilometres. In 2019, York Region will decommission 13 ambulances, with two eligible for donation. Ambulances not donated are typically returned back to the manufacturer for a credit towards future new ambulance purchases. Since 2011, York Region has approved the donation of 10 decommissioned ambulances.

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