Ambulance from Iowa is leaving the state for Ukraine

An ambulance from eastern Iowa heads to Ukraine to try and save lives. The ambulance left Cedar Rapids Monday, KCRG reports. It is put on a flight and should arrive in Ukraine in about a week. It is happening as the winter weather has set in and parts of the country are currently without power. About 40 sleeping bags were loaded onto the ambulance that is going to Ukraine from the Area Ambulance Service in Cedar Rapids. It’s an extra measure to try and help as Russian attacks have caused power outages, KCRG reports. Area Ambulance Service employees donated many of the sleeping bags themselves. “They’re just really good people with big hearts,” said Keith Rippy, CEO of Area Ambulance Service. The ambulance was ready to be retired from Area Ambulance Service’s fleet. Rippy felt it was more important to donate it to Ukraine than sell it to a reseller We have the ability,” he said. In addition to sleeping bags, the ambulance is equipped with medical material. The vehicle’s donation is part of an initiative called US Ambulances for Ukraine, which got its start in Illinois earlier this year.” We now have 18 ambulances in Ukraine and potentially another 10 ambulances and a fire truck that we will send in December I am just blown away,” said Chris Manson, founder of US Ambulances for Ukraine. By next month, 29 ambulances will have traveled to Ukraine from the United States, five of them from Iowa, reports KCRG. The one leaving Cedar Rapids is expected to be the 25th to arrive in Ukraine. “It’s in very good condition, our mechanic went through it bumper to bumper,” Rippy said. Manson has traveled to Ukraine several times over the past year to see firsthand the importance of ambulances and where donated ambulances go. You have communities that have lost all their public services,” he explained. The first responders the ambulances donate help save lives in another world. “Thanks to the people of Iowa, thanks to Keith and his team,” Manson said. The ambulance, which is being donated by Cedar Rapids, will go to a military unit that will likely be serving on the front lines very soon.

An ambulance from eastern Iowa heads to Ukraine to try and save lives. The ambulance left Cedar Rapids Monday, KCRG reports. It is put on a flight and should arrive in Ukraine in about a week. It comes as the winter weather has set in and parts of the country are currently without power.

About 40 sleeping bags were loaded into the ambulance that is going to Ukraine from the Area Ambulance Service in Cedar Rapids. It’s an extra measure to try and help as Russian attacks have caused power outages, KCRG reports. Area Ambulance Service employees donated many of the sleeping bags themselves.

“They’re just really good people with big hearts,” said Keith Rippy, CEO of Area Ambulance Service.

The ambulance was poised to be retired from the Area Ambulance Service’s fleet. Rippy felt it was more important to donate it to Ukraine than sell it to a reseller.

“If you can help another country do that kind of service, do that kind of work, it’s important that we’re able to do it when we have the opportunity,” he said.

In addition to sleeping bags, the ambulance is equipped with medical material. The vehicle’s donation is part of an initiative called US Ambulances for Ukraine, which originated in Illinois earlier this year.

“To have 18 ambulances in Ukraine now and potentially another 10 ambulances and a fire engine that we will send in December just blows my mind,” said Chris Manson, founder of US Ambulances for Ukraine.

By next month, 29 ambulances will have traveled to Ukraine from the United States, five of them from Iowa, reports KCRG. The one leaving Cedar Rapids is expected to be the 25th to arrive in Ukraine.

“It’s in very good condition, our mechanic checked it bumper to bumper,” Rippy said.

Manson has traveled to Ukraine several times over the past year to get first-hand information on the need for ambulances and to see where the donated ambulances are going.

“There are military units that basically have no vehicles to transport their wounded and take them to a high level of care, they just don’t have ambulances. You have communities that have lost all their public services,” he explained.

The first responders the ambulances donate help save lives in another world.

“Thanks to the people of Iowa, thanks to Keith and his team,” Manson said.

The ambulance, which is being donated by Cedar Rapids, will go to a military unit that will likely be serving on the front lines very soon.

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