St. John Ambulance Brigade

The St. John Ambulance Brigade of Ireland is a voluntary first aid non-sectarian and non-political organisation. Its mission is to provide a uniform professional first aid and medical support service to the general public. It is available to assist at national and local disasters when called upon and many more auxiliary services.

 Established in Ireland in 1903 it is located in Dublin Cork and Limerick. The Brigade is part of a world wide network of thirty eight countries. It is associated with the Most Venerable Order of St. John, one of the oldest orders of chivalry in the world.

First Aid teaching is a speciality of St. John. All public First Aid programmes are delivered by medical practitioners, qualified instructors and demonstrators. All First Aid programmes are approved by the Health and Safety Authority.

Members undergo rigorous in-house training through annual updating of their skills, knowledge and competencies. First Aid competitions at local, national and international level together with ongoing weekly practice help to reinforce this learning process.
  The major work of St. John in the caring of the sick or injured is providing qualified adult personnel to render first aid at large gathering of crowds in sporting or other fixtures. St. John provides personnel at events who have a wide range of recognised qualifications ranging from medical practitioners to basic first aid and carer skills.

2003 saw the St. John Ambulance Brigade celebrating its centenary of services to the public and a number of St. John members received service medals ranging from fifteen years to fifty five years service. A century of dedicated caring work in the interest of the needy has typified the Brigade's motto - 'Profide' (for the Faith), 'Pro Utilitate Hominum' (for the Service of Mankind).

Moira Wilson