Sat 09-03-2019 16:12 PM
ABU DHABI, 9th March, 2019 (WAM) — This weekend saw five Emirati women working onsite with the National Ambulance team to provide support for both the national and international community at the Daman World Triathlon Abu Dhabi held at Yas Marina Circuit.
The two-day weekend event, welcomed 2,600 amateur triathletes and 112 of the world’s best professional triathletes, at the renowned Yas Island venue.
The five Emirati Emergency Medical Technicians,EMTs, who worked on site alongside National Ambulance crews, actively contributed to the success of the medical emergency provision at the event. They are all graduates of the renowned Emirati EMT programme, which is accredited by the Department of Health- Abu Dhabi.
The programme is part of National Ambulance’s commitment towards UAE government’s Emiritisation plans to train and prepare local people to serve on the frontline in support of the community, providing UAE Nationals with the knowledge and skills to pursue careers in the vital medical emergency care.
For the third consecutive year, National Ambulance provided emergency medical coverage for the event. The emergency medical provider provided the coverage throughout the weekend through the deployment of a team of 36 qualified staff (Doctors, Paramedics and EMTs) and six ambulances to ensure the safety of the athletes, spectators and participants.
National Ambulance CEO, Ahmed Saleh Al Hajeri, said: “In our third year covering this event, our crews and equipment were deployed to ensure professional athletes and all participants from the community were provided with highest level of emergency medical care if and when required. It was also great to see our Emirati EMT females in action working alongside their peers and making a difference in their community on a special occasion like International Women’s Day.”
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