GMR pledges $1M in relief aid to the Bahamas
The company has established a communications and coordination center for air medical operations in Nassau and has sent donated ambulances and equipment to the region
By EMS1 Staff
DALLAS — Global Medical Response (GMR) officials pledged $1 million in relief aid to support the Bahamas’ EMS needs and infrastructure after Hurricane Dorian devasted the country.
According to a press release, the company donated $250,000 to the Red Cross and sent ambulances and equipment to local authorities.
"With widespread reports of flooding in hospitals and clinics, access to medical care is a considerable challenge for Bahamians," Ted Van Horne, chief operating officer of GMR, said. "Because of our experience planning for and providing responses to natural disasters, we know it is critical to get medical supplies and establish a system for emergency communications technology."
GMR also established a communications and coordination center for air medical operations in Nassau and placed two Airbus Super Pumas and logistic support in southern Florida for sustained EMS operations support.
Company officials decided to send aid to the Bahamas when reports of the devastation surfaced.
"We take our everyday mission of providing care to the world at a moment's notice seriously," GMR CEO Randy Owen said. "The people in the Bahamas are dealing with an unprecedented catastrophe and they need help now."
The company is also mobilizing relief efforts in the United States. In response to FEMA's request, GMR activated its AMR National Command Center (NATCOM) in Dallas and deployed nearly 1,800 paramedics and EMTs, hundreds of ambulances, 10 fixed-wing and rotor aircraft and dozens of paratransit teams and vehicles.
GMR still has air and ground assets positioned in South Carolina. Throughout the deployment, NATCOM staff remotely monitored crews sent to the region, dispatched teams to respond to hurricane-related emergencies and evacuations, and closely monitored crews in the affected disaster areas.