To give you some idea, the ambulance service provider, on average, receives some 250 calls and assists more than 150 people a day. With around 200 staff – 108 of which are frontline paramedics – what makes it so remarkable is that, for the people of Wellington, the services is free of charge.
In all, the service costs around $21 million to run each year and relies heavily on donations and community and corporate support – the WFA is only partially government funded.
"Wellington Free Ambulance is vital to the Wellington community and healthcare landscape," said the WFA's recently appointed Chief Executive Officer, Diana Crossan, who went on to say: "It has been operating to a very high standard… and I'm looking forward to the challenge of maintaining those standards and securing the organisation's future."
The organisation is also the sole emergency provider for the greater city area. Covering just north of Waikanae, across to the top of Mount Bruce and down to Cook Strait, the fact that the WFA's fleet covers more than 2,200,000km a year speaks for itself.
Ensuring the WFA's paramedics can provide the highest quality care, Sprinters are equipped with the most up-to-date equipment, including GPS automatic vehicle locating.
But it's not all just clinical care in emergency situations. The WFA offers a range of services that extend to pre-hospital care, transport and rescue services – the latter being the organisation's own specially-trained Rescue Squad. To this end, the organisation maintains close relationships with other emergency service providers, including the likes of St John, New Zealand Fire Service, Police, Airport Fire Service, Civil Defence and Red Cross.
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