Amman(womeninjordan)—–Switzerland and Jordan have joined forces to improve ambulance services of the
Jordan Civil Defense (JCD). Through a mixed loan, the Swiss State Secretariat for
Economic Affairs (SECO) is supplying JCD with 143 fully equipped paramedical
ambulances for a total amount of 12.3 million Jordanian dinars (JOD) of which 50%
are financed through grants and 50% through loan.According to a press release issued by Swiss embassy in Amman..
Recently, the first batch of 30 ambulances has been handed over to the Jordanian authorities.
Switzerland and Jordan have a long history of collaboration on disaster preparedness,
including the field of emergency response health care. This project will allow the General
Directorate of Civil Defense to substantially expand its fleet of modern paramedical
ambulances and notably equip each health center with at least one such vehicle throughout
the Kingdom. Thirteen specially equipped ambulances will be delivered to serve refugee
camps and other areas with narrow streets.
Through training measures the project further improves the readiness and expertise of JCD
paramedical staff and thereby the quality of its rescue services. All supplied equipment is
either of Swiss origin or at least accounts for a Swiss added value of not less than 30%. The
grant is worth 6 million JOD, financing 50% of the procurement contract for the ambulances.
Additional 607’000 JOD are covering associated services and training.
The first batch of 30 ambulances were handed over to JCD recently, in presence of H.E. Mr.
Talal Al Kofahi, Director General of JCD. During the handover ceremony, the Swiss
Ambassador, H.E. Hans-Peter Lenz, emphasized the importance of this cooperation in the
present context and stated that he “feels proud that with this joint effort we will save many
lives and reduce suffering”.