THE ORDER of Malta Ambulance Corps volunteers are preparing to provide national support to the HSE in the face of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
One of the largest providers of first aid and voluntary ambulance services in Ireland, The Order of Malta is listed as a ‘Voluntary Emergency Services’ resource available to the HSE under the Framework for Major Emergency Management.
Following a call for support made by the HSE, the Order of Malta is now beginning to mobilise volunteers and equipment to assist in providing healthcare services to people across the country.
Commander John Wright, National Director for the Order of Malta Ambulance Corps says although the groups “top priority” is the well-being of its volunteers, they are “confident in the measures we have put in place” to ensure the organisation is prepared.
He said, “we are confident in the measures we have put in place to ensure our organisation is prepared and ready to provide assistance to the HSE in the form of personnel and other assets, including vehicles and equipment as needed. Our COVID-19 task-force is assessing the situation as it develops, and we are in regular communication with the HSE and other emergency bodies.”