On December 27th, the City of Allentown and Cetronia Ambulance Corps announced that they will donate two retired ambulances to municipalities in Haiti to help with emergency medical treatment in that area that was ravaged by a 2010 earthquake.
The announcement was made by Mayor Ed Pawlowski and Cetronia Chief Executive Officer Larry Wiersch during a news conference at the City’s Mack South Fire Station.
Pawlowski and a team from Lifechurch in Allentown led by Senior Pastor Randy Landis traveled to Carrefour last year to help rebuild the city and assemble a donated playground. Lifechurch is working to facilitate the delivery of the equipment this spring. Lifechurch is paying the shipping costs.
The city is donating a 2002 Ford E-450 ambulance which was taken out of service and replaced last October. Lehigh Valley Health Network is donating a stretcher and Sacred Heart Hospital is contributing a stretcher and two oxygen tanks. It will be staffed and operated by Hospital Batiste Convention d’Haiti serving Cap Haitien, the second largest city in Haiti. The hospital is supported locally by The Haiti Health Trust, a non-profit organization in Bethlehem, Pa.
Cetronia is donating a 1997 Ford E-450 ambulance to the City of Carrefour. It is equipped with a stretcher and spare first aid supplies. The vehicle was taken out of service in November 2012 and was part of Cetronia’s ready reserve fleet. They will be purchasing a new Ford E-450 in 2013 to replace this unit.
“We are fortunate to have great community partners like Cetronia, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Sacred Heart Hospital, the Airport Authority, G4S Integrated Fleet Services and Fast Signs that are willing to step-up to help some of the neediest people in the world,” said Pawlowski. “These donations will be greatly appreciated.”
The Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority is donating reflective bunker pants and coats and boots. Earlier, the City of Allentown had donated bunker gear, gloves and water cans.
Last year, Pawlowski also helped arrange the donation of a garbage truck to the municipality of Carrefour from Waste Management, Inc. which paid to transport the vehicle to Haiti.
Lifechurch had an orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti that was badly damaged in a devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake. Carrefour is a commune in the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince with a population of more than 400,000.