2nd June 1936

St Johns undertook its first Guernsey rescue

The St John charity provides all ambulance services on Guernsey – and has done since its first call-out on 2 June 1936. The service was entirely staffed by volunteers, but quickly proved itself. Within three years of its first rescue it was given a grant by the States for its maintenance.

Today, any patient using the ambulance service must pay, either through a subscription to the service, via medical insurance, or on a use-by-use basis. It is also supported through donations.

Firefighter and paramedic helping man in ambulance

St John’s ambulance station is at Rohais. This is the same site as the original shed where it stored its first second-hand vehicle. The site, which was previously a cement works, also hosts a training hall, library and health care shop. The latter of these hires out wheelchairs and other equipment, and opened in 1995. It has a training centre and shared use of the emergency services’ control centre in St Peter Port.

Development of the service

The service was less than 10 years old when the Channel Islands were occupied, but it continued its work throughout the second world war. When fuel became scarce, its ambulance was pulled by a horse.

Following the islands’ liberation in 1945, it quickly built up its resources. Through a programme of rapid modernisation it became the first service in the British Isles to issue radios. It also invested in its first marine ambulance, the Flying Christine.

St John’s Guernsey becomes self-governing

The organisation became self-governing in 2012. This important step meant that all of its services and assets are controlled where they’re used – Guernsey – rather than through a central St John’s framework.


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Other events that occured in June

Cricketer Charles Grieve died in Shropshire 1st
St Johns undertook its first Guernsey rescue 2nd
Bailiff John Guille died in Plymouth 3rd
GUNS writer Joseph John Gillingham was deported 4th
First arrests were made at Guernsey Airport 5th
Jethou was put on the market 6th
The king and queen celebrated Guernsey’s liberation 7th
Occupying forces confiscated Guernsey’s radios 8th
Guernsey Railway company ceased operations 9th
Guernsey welcomed its first steam ship 10th
Laura Kennington kicks off Channel Islands triathlon 11th
Dame Sibyl became a dame again 12th
Guernsey voted to legalise local abortions 13th
Victor Hugo’s house is opened to the public 14th
The Channel Islands were demilitarised 15th
Guernsey was invaded by Colorado beetles 16th
States Telephone Department was established 17th
Pollet guest house fire claimed its third victim 18th
Aurigny founder Derrick Bailey died 19th
Guernsey joined the Football Association 20th
Guernsey’s school children were evacuated 21st
Guernsey celebrated Queen Victoria’s jubilee 22nd
Princess Elizabeth opened Guernsey’s hospital 23rd
Guernsey chose England over France 24th
First meeting of Guernsey’s Controlling Committee 25th
Guernsey bought Fort Grey from the War Office 26th
Guernsey coffee trader William Le Lacheur died 27th
G-JOEY completes his last flight 28th
Guernsey suffered its first and only air raid
The Star was published for the first time 29th
Two deserters were shot after landing on Guernsey 30th