Yesterday, Simon Corbell’s office sent out a press release informing the community that the ACT Ambulance Service had given a used ambulance to St John Ambulance (ACT). I haven’t seen the story picked up anywhere, and I guess it got swamped by the bigger story of the new fire trucks being handed over to the ACT Rural Fire Service on the same day.
I was just a little interested in the contrast: both St John Ambulance and the Rural Fire Service are volunteer-based organisations, although with very different relationships to the Government; the RFS is part of the ESA, and St John Ambulance is not (perhaps it should be?). But the RFS gets seven (was it seven or five?) brand new fire tankers, and St John Ambulance gets one ACT Ambulance Service’s hand-me-down ambulance.
Reading the press release, I got the impression that this was the first time such a gift had been given to St John Ambulance in the ACT, or perhaps the first in a long time. Does anybody know any more about this…perhaps you have a photo of the ambulance that was handed-over? How has St John Ambulance been carrying out its duties before this, if it didn’t have such a vehicle, I wonder?