The purpose of the MOU was to foster and maintain cooperation, coordination and partnership between both agencies. The agreement is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Pre-Hospital Emergency Medical Services by providing adequate ambulance response for emergency care, patient stabilisation and transportation of the sick and injured throughout the Territory.
A series of training courses were facilitated at the Fire and Rescue Headquarters by Global Medical Educational Services based in Washington DC, USA. Local EMT certification was awarded to officers from the BVIHSA, VIFRS and the civilian population. A number of participants also gained international certification by successfully meeting the educational requirements of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician.
Highlighted in this agreement, the BVIHSA and VIFRS agreed to the decentralisation of the ambulances from Peebles Hospital which would respond to emergencies throughout Tortola and the sister islands.
The agreement between the BVI Health Services Authority and VIFRS is in an effort to ensure all residents and visitors in the Territory have the necessary access and transportation required to support the community’s need for Emergency Medical Services.