LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) — A Haitian community that doesn’t have a hospital or emergency transportation will soon receive an ambulance and 10 sets of rescue gear donated by the town of Lincoln.
Lt. Gov. Dan McKee announced the donation to Belle-Anse Wednesday along with Lincoln Town Administrator Joseph Almond and New Bridges for Haitian Success founder and CEO Bernard Georges. McKee said the town of Lincoln facilitated the donation through his office and Greenwood Emergency Vehicles, which supplies ambulances, fire trucks and other vehicles to many local cities and towns.
The ambulance is fully operational but being phased out in favor of a more modernized one. It will be transported to Belle-Anse by New Bridges for Haitian Success, a nonprofit that works to support Rhode Island’s Haitian population and provide support to Haiti.
“Bringing just one ambulance to Belle-Anse will significantly increase access to medical care and improve the quality of life for so many families in a community that is still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew,” Lt. Governor McKee said in a written statement.
“Many lives in Belle-Anse will be saved and forever changed thanks to the leadership of Lt. Governor McKee and the generosity of the Town of Lincoln and Greenwood Emergency Vehicles,” Georges said. “This donation will allow our organization to facilitate health services in a town of 158,000 people whose medical needs are tremendously underserved.”
Back in June, McKee teamed up with the town of Johnson to donate two fire trucks to the Dominican Republic.