|Mrs. Gemma Sirol - Commissioner F.A.& N.
HQ STAFF (Commissioner F.A.&N.)
Commissioner: Mrs. G. Sirol D.St.J.
Deputy Commissioner: Chev. F.P. Ebejer K.St.J., K.C.C.
Assistant Commissioner: Mr. Reuben
Assistant Commissioner: Mr. Stanley Cardona O.St.J.
Assistant Commissioner: Mr.
Noel Grixti D'Amato S.B.St.J. (Recruitment)
Assistant Commissioner: Mr. R.
Sirol C.St.J. (Divisions)
Transport Officer: Mr. Edward Sirol
Recruitment Officer: Mr Mike Rowle
(Cadets): Ms Claudine Aitken
Recruitment Secretary: Ms Sonia Gauci
Recruitment PRO: Ms Christine
Staff Officer: Mr. Franco Caruana S.B.St.J.
Staff Officer: Mr. Brian Cranmer S.B.St.J.
The First Aid &
Nursing, formerly known as the “Brigade” was formed in 1909 with its first
"Division" in Valletta. It has a well trained staff of qualified
First Aiders, who are always ready to provide assistance, whilst carrying out
public duties such as sports events, culture activities and similar functions.
First Aid & Nursing also provides the government with a large number of
First Aiders, as well as a small fleet of ambulances, which would be deployed
to assist the public in the event of a national emergency. Nurses and doctors
also form part of this section and many of the nurses are also Instructors with
the Training Association.
By 1915, with the
First World War at its peak, and Malta being used as a Mediterranean Hospital
for the many injured soliders, the St. John Ambulance Association offered
intensive training in First Aid for military and civilian personnel and
provided surgeons and First Aiders from its Brigade to work in hospitals as
well as in "Comfort Depots" for convalescing servicemen. The
Second World War also saw St. John Ambulance serving in hospitals, First Aid
posts and in Civil Defence Corps and Decontamination Centres. Today, the
First Aid & Nursing section is run by its Commissioner Mrs. Gemma Sirol, it
has four "open" Divisions, which are Birzebbugia, Paola/Tarxien,
Valletta and Vittoriosa. Open Divisions are those which members of the
general public can join. There are also three closed Divisions which form
part of private companies who are also trained and ready to serve in case of an
There is also a
“Cadet” section consisting of 11 to 17 year olds, who learn first aid, but are
not trained to treat the more seriously injured casualties, as is done in the
section for adult members (18 years old and over). Adult members are trained in
more advanced techniques of First Aid and form part of the first aid teams or
ambulance crews whilst on public duties, which may vary in nature and include
sports marathons, musical concerts, duties at the Trade Fair grounds or on
Beach First Aid posts, horse racing, football matches, village feasts, air
shows, Royal visits, provide assistance to the disabled and the elderly,
work with the film industry while filming is in progress and many other
To give a general
idea of what this work involves, the yearly average time spent on ambulance
duties alone total up to 1700 hours and would normaly include the conveyance of
about 30 persons to hospital or health centres, plus having treated
approximately 400 others on-site. One should remember that all this work
is done on a voluntary basis and that St. John Ambulance only gets a small
donation from the activity organiser for its service; a donation which is used
on fuel and maintaince expenses for the ambulances and First Aid equipment.
First Aid & Nursing Divisional Meetings:
Birzebbugia - Thursdays 7:00pm
Paola/Tarxien - Fridays 7:30pm
Valletta - Thursdays 7:30pm
All members of St. John Ambulance are volounteers. If you wish
to join the Ambulance Section call on Mobile No.
79752752 or send an E-mail to: join-us@StJohnAmbulanceMalta.com