Employees become first responders to give back to local community
Udumalpet, India. – Aviagen® cares about the people in local communities where it does business, and always looks for ways to give back. That’s why the Aviagen India team recently inaugurated an emergency ambulance service for the benefit of staff, their families and people in the communities surrounding the company’s Elayamuthur campus.
To carry out this service, Aviagen purchased an advanced life-support ambulance with all the latest equipment to provide patients with the best possible care during their journey to hospital. The ambulance service is staffed by 10 Aviagen employees who stepped up to volunteer as first responders. Each team consists of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and a pilot (driver). In fact, two volunteers are former first responders on India’s National 108 Ambulance Service.
Paul Gittins, Senior Advisor to Aviagen India, expressed his gratitude to the doctors and staff of Kovai Medical Centre and Hospital in Coimbatore, India, as well as the Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI) in Chennai, who dedicated their time to train the Aviagen volunteers. “Adequate training is paramount to the success of this initiative, and we thank our local medical professionals for lending us their expertise. I’m also proud of our team, who regularly dedicates their time and energy to making a difference for their community.”
Dr. Renugadevi Arasappan, Aviagen India’s head of Recruitment and Training and now an EMT, added, “I never realized how much I had to learn, but if we save just one life, it will all be worth it. The energy of my team is contagious, as we’re all enthusiastic to be part of such a worthwhile cause.”
The dutiful first responders team has already been called to action twice, and, as Paul concluded, “We’re pleased to report that the patients all made a full recovery.”