Saving lives for the past 30 years in Malta 27 September 2016 For the past 30 years, the St John Rescue Corps (SJRC) in Malta has been the only one of its kind worldwide, providing a uniformed voluntary corps of organised and fully trained volunteers to carry out various rescue operations and first aid efficiently in support of the constituted authorities of the Maltese Islands. The Corps has around 90 volunteers, most of whom are involved in rescue operations whilst others are involved in logistics, support and administration. When one joins the SJRC, they undergo a basic training programme before becoming rescuers. It takes between 6 to 8 months, and includes first aid, casualty handling, the use of stretchers, basic firefighting, use of ropes, map reading and radio communication. Inspired by the rescue operations in Malta, St John Ambulance in Malaysia (SJAM) have set up an Emergency and Rescue Unit (ERU) and will receive technical assistance in the development of their new unit from the Rescue Corps. During an annual inspection in April this year, attended by representatives of SJAM, Minister Abela recognised the Corps members dedication and commitment and said, It is very reassuring for the Maltese public to know that St John Rescue Corps is here to provide a backup rescue service to the Civil Protection Department. You have proven your capabilities at times of challenge, and for that, you have our gratitude.