Tilbury Times Reporter
Essex-Windsor EMS staff on Wednesday filled a van with donated medical supplies and equipment to be distributed to paramedics and residents of embattled Ukraine.
The donation to the charity GlobalMedic included stretchers, safety helmets, suction units, Tyvek protective suits, medical bags and supplies – such as oxygen masks, bandages and artificial airways.
GlobalMedic, which provides humanitarian aid in the wake of disasters and conflicts, recently put out a call for medical bags to the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada. Essex-Windsor EMS responded by offering 35 bags, as well as 500 Tyvek suits, 45 suction units, 20 stretchers, 20 safety helmets and other surplus medical supplies.
“We felt it was an honour to provide any assistance we could to those who are currently enduring terrible times in Ukraine,” said Chris Grant, Essex-Windsor EMS Deputy Chief, Planning and Physical Resources.
GlobalMedic volunteer Dominique Rambié drove to Windsor on Wednesday morning to pick up the donation and take it back to the charity’s warehouse in the Toronto area.
Essex-Windsor EMS equipment and maintenance supervisor Joel Musyj, paramedic Jon Hogan, vehicle technician Dan Vigneux and logistics technician Annette Blais helped load up the equipment and supplies.
Ukrainians have been battling to save their homeland since Russian troops invaded the country in February. Millions of civilians have been displaced and many have fled to safety in nearby countries. GlobalMedic has worked with local Ukrainian partners over the years and is supporting Ukrainians affected by the war.
GlobalMedic has also in the last two years delivered donated food to Windsor-Essex foodbanks and sanitary wipes to agricultural workers in Essex County.
(Photo: Annette Blais, Dominique Rambié and Jon Hogan finish loading the GlobalMedic van.)