Answering Timor Leste’s emergency call

Bill Wagner, Julian Smith, York Sub Centre chairman Bill Wallace, Timor Leste Ambulance Service consultant Jon Moores, Tricia Byfield, Darren Ginnane and Pam Tennant.
Bill Wagner, Julian Smith, York Sub Centre chairman Bill Wallace, Timor Leste Ambulance Service consultant Jon Moores, Tricia Byfield, Darren Ginnane and Pam Tennant.

The centre has updated its current fleet and decided to donate the ambulance.

Last week, Jon Moores, a consultant for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade supporting the Ministry of Health Timor Leste, was presented with the ambulance by York Sub Centre chairman Bill Wallace.

Mr Moores, a former St John Ambulance WA paramedic and operations manager for the Country Ambulance Service, consults on clinical and operational aspects of the Timor Leste Ambulance Service.

The Timor Leste Ambulance Service covers 13 districts with 80 staff of drivers and nurses.

The donated Mercedes ambulance will be used in the urbanised district of Dili. Cases outside the Dili area generally require a four-wheel drive to cope with the rough terrain.

Mr Moores said he was impressed by the standard in which the vehicle had been maintained at the Sub Centre.

‘The kind donation will provide much needed resources and bring a sense of professionalism to the fledgling Timor Leste service,’ he said.