A Lambton EMS ambulance donated to the Bomberos of Nicaragua. March 4, 2019. (Photo from Lambton EMS)

Lambton EMS donates ambulance to Nicaragua

The town of El Viejo, Nicaragua now has an ambulance thanks to a generous donation from Lambton EMS.

Rather than trade in their six-year-old ambulance for a new one, the organization donated it under Operation Nicaragua.

Manager Steve Pancino said it has about 350,000 kilometres on it, but still functions very well.

He said residents of the town were extremely excited.

A Lambton EMS ambulance donated to the Bomberos of Nicaragua. March 4, 2019. (Photo from Lambton EMS)“That is their only ambulance,” said Pancino. “So, now they have an ambulance and it’s going into service immediately and it’ll be used in that community. We’ve also donated some equipment that’s in the ambulance. Certainly, you can tell from photographs that the entire town came out to receive the donation.”

Pancino said local paramedics Jen Cripton and Andrea Loughlean were instrumental in coordinating the donation.

The ambulance was driven from out west, to Atlanta and then Florida before being taken by boat to Nicaragua.