St John Association is a voluntary, humanitarian organisation working across the Maltese Islands to provide quality first aid training together with first aid and rescue services to the population by our fully trained volunteers.
Our vision is to prevent injury and save lives by extending first aid and emergency rescue – training and services – to all people throughout the Maltese islands.
Our actions are guided by these values:
- Christian values without excluding and in full respect of other faiths
- Respect for life
- In the service of humanity
St John Association forms part of the ‘Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem’. It was established by Queen Victoria in 1888. The St John Council, chaired by Dr Michael Frendo, is the governing body of the organisation. Under the Council there are three branches:
- The Training Association,
- St John Ambulance (First Aid & Nursing)
- The St John Rescue Corps
The Training Association (also known as The Training Branch), was founded in 1882. This was the first branch of St John Ambulance which was formed outside of the United Kingdom. It aims is to teach First Aid to the general public and volunteers of St John Ambulance (First Aid & Nursing) and St John Rescue Corps.
The St John Ambulance (First Aid & Nursing), formerly known as the “Brigade” was formed in 1909 with its first “Division” in Valletta. It has a well trained staff of qualified First Aiders, who are always ready to provide assistance, whilst carrying out public duties such as sports events, culture activities and other functions. First Aid & Nursing also provides the government with First Aiders, as well as a small fleet of ambulances, which are deployed to assist in the event of a national emergency.
The St John Rescue Corps was formed in 1986 to provide fully trained and organised volunteer rescuers who are able to support the national civil protection services in case of major calamities and situations requiring humanitarian aid. Its members are trained in the field of urban search and rescue, firefighting and water rescue. It is regularly called upon for support at major fires, search and rescue operations and severe storms. The Rescue Corps also provides its services on a regular basis at national events and large public gatherings with its standby emergency fire and rescue services.
Finally, the Headquarters Staff, who is responsible for the smooth running of St John Ambulance activities. The Headquarters staff provides support to all branches of the organization. All three Heads of the different branches reported directly to the Commander, who is also the First Vice Chairman of the St John Council.