KELOWNA, Australia — A roadside assistance company has offered its services to thousands of people who have to leave their home due to a health crisis.ABC News correspondent Daniel Breslin reported the company, Emergency Response and Health Services (ERHS), has been operating in Australia for the last few years.
It’s a large and complex service, but ERHS is one of the most popular roadside assistance companies for those who have a serious health problem.
The service is often used by people who are on a low income and don’t have the financial means to drive a car.
In the first quarter of 2018, ERHS had about 700 customers, including 1,200 in Victoria.
The number of people it serves in Victoria has increased since the same time last year.
The company has been working in Victoria for over 20 years and has helped people in more than 200 communities.
“It’s the only way we’re able to help,” said ERHS CEO, Rob Loughlin.
“We’ve been working here for decades.”
Loughlin says ERHS has become increasingly popular because of the large number of calls it gets from people in remote communities.
Most of those people are people on a disability pension who don’t know where to go.
The emergency service is also known as roadside assistance for those on welfare and emergency benefits.
“You have to have the money for that.
There’s no other way,” said Loughlen.
In Victoria, ERHs services can be seen from the back of a busy street, but it’s not always easy to find the nearest ER.
Loughlen says ERH’s main problem is it can’t operate in rural areas, because they don’t get enough funding.
“That’s where we’ve had a bit of a problem,” said the CEO.
“People that have a disability have to travel up the country to get that service.”
For the most part, ERCH is funded by the government, but in some cases, private sector businesses provide funding.
ERCH’s main customer is the Royal Dutch Shell.
It’s funded by ERHS, but not directly by the Royal Bank of Scotland or the Commonwealth Bank.
The Royal DutchShell has partnered with ERCH to run a special “Trucker Holiday” service that is available to the public.