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St John Rescue Corps escalates efforts in fight against COVID-19

Our volunteers are putting themselves at the disposal of the national authorities to help deal with the spread of COVID-19.

Since the first case appeared on our islands, St John immediately began mobilising its volunteers by getting prepared to serve in different eventualities which may necessitate our intervention.

Our volunteers have also undergone specific preparatory training in decontamination procedures held by the Civil Protection Department. We are working closely with the national authorities and have made available our resources and capabilities.

Ongoing preparations have included the acquisition and preparation of specific personal protective equipment for this emergency. We have made preparations for the accommodation of our volunteers at our base in Fort Madalena so that they may live-in should there be an escalation of this crisis.


We are also ready to assist in a number of scenarios and in accordance with the requirements set out by the constituted authorities. This includes the operation of fire stations to supplement Civil Protection Department, assistance with decontamination processes, transportation and logistics services as well as assistance to the vulnerable and elderly people. Assistance with setting up field clinics and assisting the sick could be other ways of contributing.


In the meantime, we are also collaborating with other charities to ensure that food supplies reach families in need at these very testing times.


Our activities will be scaled up according to need. We are looking at providing our support over an extended period of time.

We are here to serve.

YOU can make a difference!!

St John Rescue Corps has volunteering opportunities for everyone from firefighting, high-angle rescue and beach lifesaving services to administrative duties and helping ‘behind the scenes’.

We are always looking for bright and enthusiastic people, irrespective of age, who are willing to give up some of their free time to assist our organisation.

Follow this link for more information.

About St John Rescue Corps

St John Rescue Corps (SJRC) is a voluntary organisation founded in 1986 to meet the need in Malta of a support civil defence unit consisting of adult volunteers fully trained in rescue and first aid.

Over the past 30 years, our volunteers have assisted in many emergency and community services. In 1995, SJRC was involved in its first major deployment, when the Libyan tanker Um El-Faroud exploded in the then Malta Drydocks. Since that time SJRC assisted in many emergencies including various industrial fires, searches for missing persons and fireworks factory explosions.

Today, SJRC provides backup rescue services to the Civil Protection Department (CPD). Through its fleet of fire trucks and trained volunteers, the Corps assists the CPD: to combat large fires and fireworks factory explosions and to rescue people and salvage property during floods.

Our rescue teams regularly cover community events including: national festivals & concerts, sports events, and village feasts. Additionally, our high-angle rescue team is regularly involved in initiatives aimed at preserving Malta’s national heritage. These initiatives involve clean-up operations of our fortifications and bastions. Our volunteers are also involved in pool and beach lifeguarding duties.

Our unpaid volunteers come from all walks of life including: university, sixth form and MCAST students; electricians; engineers; teachers and managers.

SJRC, together with St John Ambulance First Aid & Nursing and St John Training, forms part of St John Malta which operates under the auspices of the Order of St John, of which Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the Sovereign Head.

Our Sponsors

SJRC is grateful for sponsorships received from the underlying companies:

Companies, entities and individuals interested in assisting the Rescue Corps with sponsorships are encouraged to contact us.