Ambulance New Zealand
Ambulance New Zealand represents the collective interests of the range of New Zealand ambulance services. Many SAR incidents involve the attendance of ambulance personnel to assist in the application of initial medical aid, and the transportation of SAR victims to medical facilities.

Organisation

Ambulance New Zealand represents the collective interests of the range of New Zealand ambulance services.

These ambulance services consist of the order of St John (the major operator), the Wellington Free Ambulance Service, health boards and a number of private operators.

There are approximately 3,500 ambulance officers in New Zealand of whom about 2,500 are volunteer personnel. Volunteer ambulance officers are utilised in the lower workload and more geographically remote areas of the country.

On an annual basis, the New Zealand ambulance services deal with over 500,000 calls each year in which upwards of 300,000 people are transported with two thirds of those being emergency or urgent cases.

SAR Role

Many SAR incidents involve the attendance of ambulance personnel to assist in the application of initial medical aid, and the transportation of SAR victims to medical facilities.

The Wellington Free ambulance service operates a specialist rescue squad that often works with other SAR agencies at incidents. The work undertaken by the Rescue Squad is diverse and ranges from off road accidents and vehicles over banks, to aeroplane crashes and boats swept onto rocks. The squad is called to construction site rescues and local search and rescue missions.

The Squad is used to supplement any situation where patient recovery is likely to involve the use of rescue equipment, rope work, or winching techniques. It provides 24 hour a day, 7-day a week emergency rescue services and can be enroute to an incident within minutes of a call, anywhere in the greater Wellington region. 

Website

For further information about the St John ambulance service visit their website www.stjohn.org.nz. For further information about the Wellington Free ambulance service visit their website www.wfa.org.nz

      



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Wednesday, December 12, 2018