(MENAFN - Arab News) An ambulance service for Etihad Airways began operations in Abu Dhabi Thursday as part of the airline's commitment to provide world-class medical emergency response for its employees.
Based at the Etihad Airways Medical Centre in Etihad Plaza the high-tech ambulance provides a 24/7 emergency medical service for the airline's employees in the capital city. Employees can now dial a special emergency number to call the ambulance.
Operated by Abu Dhabi's National Ambulance the service is staffed by professionally trained and experienced emergency medical technicians (EMT).
National Ambulance is accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) is fully licensed by the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi and has also attained ISO standards accreditations of 9001 14001 and OHSAS 18001.
Ray Gammell Etihad Airways' chief people and performance officer said: 'The launch of this unique service is part of our expanding employee health care program aimed at providing our employeeswith the right care at the right time.
Dr. Nadia Bastaki Etihad Airways' VP of medical services said: 'In a medical emergency we recognize the importance of providing a rapid response. Treatment starts as soon as the patient is onboard the ambulance and continues on the journey to the hospital.
Employee medical services have been offered since 2004 with the Etihad Airways Medical Centre opening in 2010. Staffed by nearly 30 medical experts including 10 doctors the center provides medical services for the airline's Abu Dhabi-based 13800 employees.
Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Ameri chairman of the board of National Ambulance said: 'This partnership highlights the ambition of both organizations to provide Etihad Airways' employees with the best pre-hospital care.'
National Ambulance CEO Robert Ball said: 'We are privileged to provide our services to Etihad Airways and believe our dedicated and highly capable team with vast experience in rapid emergency response will greatly benefit Etihad Airways.'