About the Ambulance Corps

The Order of Malta Ireland Ambulance Corps is one of the largest providers of first–aid and voluntary medical services in Ireland. From small beginnings in Galway in 1938, it has developed into an organisation of over 2,500 members in more than 64 Units spread throughout communities all over Ireland and Northern Ireland.

There are four core services that the Ambulance Corps participates in:

  • First Aid and Event Medical Services
  • Community Care Activities
  • Youth Work
  • Training & Education

As one of the largest voluntary organisations in Ireland, we fundraise at a community and national level to support our local Ambulance Corps units and national community care initiatives. Order of Malta Ireland receives less than 10% of its income from government funding and relies heavily on the voluntary donations generated from local unit fundraising campaigns and providing first aid training services. All income from training and fundraising is reinvested to support the ongoing training of our volunteers and the provision of community care services across Ireland.

Our thousands of members volunteer their time on a weekly basis to provide the highest standard of first-aid medical services at national and local events, training in life-saving skills and delivering community care initiatives. We continue to save, touch and change thousands of lives with our efforts every year.

For more information and support, or to volunteer, contact your local unit or email omac@orderofmalta.ie

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First Aid and Ambulance Services

With over 80 years of experience, the Order of Malta Ambulance Corps is recognised as one of the most experienced and professional first aid organisations in the island of Ireland.

We provide first aid and emergency medical ambulance services to an extensive array of organisations, events and festivals throughout the island of Ireland, including Horse Racing Ireland, The 3 Arena, GAA, Rugby, Motor Sport, Music Festivals including Body & Soul, Street Carnivals including St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and many more.

Our services are available for all types of events no matter how big, or small, and can work with purchasers and organisers to ensure you receive the most appropriate services to meet/fulfil your needs and requirements. Currently our services include: Ambulances, Rapid Response Vehicles, 4×4’s, Mobile Accident and Emergency Suites, Support Vehicles, Mobile Clinics, Command Centres, On-Site Triage Centre’s, First Aid Posts, First Aiders, Cardiac First Responders, Emergency First Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics, Nurses, Doctors, and Ambulance Managers.

As Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) training providers,our extensive training programs for our volunteers include First Aid Responder, Cardiac First Responder (CFR), Emergency First Responder (EFR) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). With many volunteers working and registered as paramedics, nurses and doctors in their own professional lives, we ensure that our organisation and its volunteers can deal with any eventuality that may arise during a duty.

For more information and support, contact your local Ambulance Corps unit or email omac@orderofmalta.ie

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Youth Programme

There is a dynamic Youth Programme in the Ambulance Corps, which provides first aid training and activities, known as The Cadets. Our Cadets are aged between 10 and 16 and are linkedto our units throughout the country.

Our principle aim is to provide young people with challenge and personal development opportunities. Cadets are trained in basic life saving skills – First Aid, CPR, assisting with activities of daily living, as well as radio operator and ambulance equipment awareness.

Our cadets are actively involved in the community helping the elderly and disabled both locally and internationally. They also attend first aid duties with members of the senior units at events such as GAA matches, fun days, athletics and other sporting activities.

Our Cadet Achievement Programme, in which a cadet undertakes a number of challenges under various headings such as life skills, community, safety and communications ensures they focus on a wide range of activities. When a Cadet has completed tasks from 10 of the sections they are eligible for a Director’s Award, which is the highest award a cadet can receive.

We run annual competitions at both a Regional and National level which run in conjunction with our National Cadet Weekend. This brings cadets from all around the country together for a weekend of fun.

Order of Malta Cadets is a recognised National Youth organisation and a member of the National Youth Council of Ireland.

For more information and support, contact your local unit or email youth@orderofmalta.ie

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Community Care

The Ambulance Corps is committed to providing services in a Christian, caring and non-discriminatory manner, to “Our Lords, the Poor and the Sick”.Our volunteers co-ordinate and manage a range of community care services including day care centres, community care centres and centres for the elderly. We assist pilgrims to Knock, Croagh Patrick and Lourdes annually. We also provide essential respite for disabled young people at our facilities in the Share Holiday village.

No matter what your ability, Order of Malta Ambulance Corps is here to serve you in your community, to provide you with friendship, and assist you in overcoming your own personal challenges in a spirit of achievement and inclusion in all aspects of our community care. If you would like to get involved in any of our activities, please contact us.

For more information and support, contact your local unit or email omac@orderofmalta.ie

Adams Gift

Adam’s Gift is an initiative aiming to educate and instruct all people in CPR, and recognising and managing a cardiac arrest. 13 year old Adam McAndrew passed away suddenly in 2015. His mother is a member of Order of Malta Ireland and this initiative is run in his memory. During the week, our members will be providing CPR training in a number of venues around the country.

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