The North Arkansas Regional Medical Center (NARMC) in Harrison donated an ambulance this week to the American Red Cross in Arkansas. The ambulance will be used as an emergency response vehicle (ERV), and gives the Northwest Arkansas Chapter three vehicles to use in disaster response in the area, across the state, and across the nation, as needed.
“We are humbled by the generosity of North Arkansas Regional Medical Center’s donation of an emergency vehicle for American Red Cross disaster response,” said Roger Elliot, American Red Cross in Arkansas Disaster Director. “This gift will expand the ability of Red Cross Disaster Responders in Harrison to provide a variety of disaster relief needs locally, around the state, and across the country as needed. This donation will give our Northwest Arkansas Chapter three emergency response vehicles available to help meet the needs of the people we serve”
The NARMC EMS, which is owned by the hospital, rotates vehicles designated for critical emergency response on a regular basis when age and mileage criteria are achieved.
“North Arkansas Regional Medical Center continues its commitment of service to the community. This vehicle will provide many miles of service to the Red Cross and through this partnership service to the community,” said Vince Leist, NARMC President and CEO. “We are very pleased to provide equipment to further the mission of our local Red Cross serving the citizens of our community.”
Brian Unruh, NARMC EMS manager said his department is excited about strengthening the partnership between the hospital and the Red Cross.
“On behalf of myself, the crews and staff of NARMC EMS we are proud we have the opportunity to donate this vehicle,” Unruh said. “Like most people, NARMC EMS appreciates the energy and efforts of American Red Cross. We consider them to be strong allies in the fight to take care of the people in our area. By helping the Red Cross, we are essentially helping ourselves help our community, which is a win/win in anyone’s book.”
Tom Batson, American Red Cross volunteer who is a disaster services workforce leader, said he is excited to get the Red Cross logos put on the vehicle and begin using it to help the citizens in the area.
“Our team is very grateful for this gift that increases our response and support capabilities for the citizens and emergency response crews of Boone County, as well as surrounding counties by a great measure,” Batson said. “We thank them for entrusting us with this valuable resource.”