Habitat takes the wheel of retired ambulance

Habitat Northumberland, Northumberland County staff and council members stand in front of retired ambulance

Cobourg, ON – June 4, 2019 – After navigating thousands of kilometers and transporting hundreds of patients over the last five years, a Northumberland Paramedics ambulance is taking up construction in retirement. Today, the keys for this decommissioned vehicle were handed over to officials from Habi­tat for Humanity Northumberland, who will use this donation to transport tools, equipment and building materials to work sites.

“Council is very pleased that this retired ambulance will be put to work in sup­port of the community’s efforts to address the increasing local need for afford­able housing,” states County Warden John Logel. “With this donation, Habitat Northumberland is further equipped to tackle its ambitious strategic goal of helping an additional fifty families either achieve or maintain affordable home­ownership by the end of 2021. We are proud to be supporting this important work to create new possibilities for our community.”

Northumberland Paramedics has between one and three ambulances that are decommissioned annually based on a recommended life-cycle set by the Min­istry of Health and Long Term Care. In 2012, County Council established a by-law permitting the donation of such surplus assets. Northumberland Para­medics recommends non-profit agencies and community emergency manage­ment partners that serve residents across the county as priority recipients of the retired vehicles.

woman sits in driver's seat of retired ambulance

“We are grateful to Northumberland County and Northumberland Paramedics for this donation,” says Habitat for Humanity Northumberland Executive Direc­tor Meaghan Macdonald. “To date, we have partnered with 80 families across the county to help them either achieve or maintain affordable homeownership. This vehicle will increase Habitat’s capacity, enabling us to take on multiple construction and renovation projects at once, and thereby increasing our out­put and impact in the community. We are proud to call Northumberland Para­medics a partner in helping us build hope for the future - one family, one com­munity, one home at a time.” 

Photos attached:

1) Group shot (Left to Right): County Councillor Bill Cane, County CAO Jennifer Moore, Habitat Northumberland ED Meaghan Macdonald, Habitat Northumberland Board Chair Robert Gibson, Northumberland Paramedics Deputy Chief Susan Brown, Habitat Northumberland Construction Manag­er Deb Wilson, Habitat Northumberland Site Supervisor Tobi Moeller, County Councillor Mandy Martin, Northumberland Paramedics Shift Su­perintendent Trevor Mackey, Northumberland Paramedics Logistics Coor­dinator Chris Pearce.    

2) Habitat for Humanity Northumberland Executive Director Meaghan Mac­donald takes the wheel of retired ambulance.