Two years after the devastating 1988 Spitake earthquake, Gyumri opened its ambulance service in response to the medical needs of the citizens. They currently have ten working ambulances with four ambulances equipped and operating 24 hours a day. They respond to emergencies in Gyumri and the surrounding villages within 50 kilometers. The city is still crippled by the effects of the earthquake which can easily been seen by the leftover rubble and abandoned buildings throughout the city. Though funding is low, the ambulance service is very resourceful in making do with the small amount of equipment they have. Equipment that would be considered disposable in the United States is carefully cleaned and repaired here for continued use. Even with these economical practices, they only have enough equipment to stock one ambulance for advanced life saving skills. Based on the severity of the call they prioritize when they can send this ambulance to a call. With the help of your donation to AFA they will be able to stock their ambulances with basic emergency medical equipment that can make a critical difference in the lives of their patients. Check the ATA at Work page to see what your donations have already provided for the Gyumri Ambulance service.