Ambulances for northern communities
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On April 4, Sandy Lake First Nation took delivery of its first ambulance and improved patient care. Up to then, it had to use a van to take patients to the nursing station or to the airstrip for the air ambulance.
Sandy Lake Chief Adam Fiddler learned about the opportunity to buy an affordable ambulance at a March 2009 Partnership meeting. There he met Ron Kyle, International Project Coordinator for Green Solutions Charitable Trust, who wanted to learn how Green Solutions could help First Nations communities.
When Chief Fiddler said the community needed emergency vehicles, Kyle, also a Toronto firefighter, knew where to find them. Along with the Partnership, he was able to help two communities buy vehicles from Elite 911, a Toronto new and used ambulance dealer.
Sandy Lake and Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug(KI) First Nations were each able to purchase an ambulance at a reduce cost because of their Partnership connections.
This June, Green Solutions Charitable Trust’s CEO, Sherry Prenevost, and Ron Kyle will visit other communities to hear about their needs. Green Solutions acquires redundant goods and distributes them to needy organizations in as environmentally friendly manner as possible. Read more from the Sandy Lake website.