Two Victoria-based paramedics are heading to Poland to finalize the sale and delivery of an ambulance stocked full of supplies for their counterparts in Ukraine.
Advanced care paramedics Andrew Mills and Melissa Sims say they sprang into action after seeing images of paramedics and first responders being targeted by Russian troops in the war-torn country.
“We connected with a Ukrainian-based civilian pre-hospital care organization – Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital (PFVMH),” says the organization. “Their tireless volunteers have been working on the frontlines of the conflict since it began in 2014. PFVMH has issued a call for help – they are in urgent need of service-ready ambulances and emergency trauma supplies.”
The duo built a website and raised enough money to buy a service-ready ambulance from a private seller in Poland and are working with a mobile hospital there to secure delivery.
Mills says a Polish paramedic has helped get mechanics to check out ambulances they’ve found online, and they will head to Poland next Sunday to buy a vehicle and deliver it to paramedics at the border with Ukraine.
The website can be found online here and is currently accepting donations.