What happens to someone in Botswana who becomes critically ill or injured far from a Referral Hospital? There is a good chance that person will be transported by air ambulance to Gaborone or Francistown by Flying Mission Services.
FMS recently entered into an agreement with the Botswana Ministry of Health to provide air ambulance services, carrying on a 28-year tradition of transporting Batswana patients. Rescue One partners with FMS to provide paramedic services. These two organizations recently joined with Rotary Club Gaborone to celebrate the donation of a ground ambulance by Rotary Club. The ambulance, coming from the UK, was originally slated to go to South Africa, but a series of events brought it to Botswana instead. Based in Francistown, it has been in service with FMS since early September.
This celebration was hosted by FMS to show its appreciation to Rotary Club and to express thanksgiving to God for providing the ambulance as a tool for serving the country of Botswana. Close to 60 people gathered at the FMS hangar at Sir Seretse Khama International airport, including a delegation from Rotary, representatives from the Department of Civil Aviation, Rescue One personnel, and personnel and guests of Flying Mission. In a symbolic gesture of the donation the Rotarians handed over the ambulance keys to FMS Managing Director, Bob Patterson.
"This ambulance has already served us well," said Director of Operations, Mark Spicer. "Today we dedicated it to God for serving critically ill and injured Batswana, and it is our hope that it will serve us well for many years to come."