St. John AmbulanceMaharashtra State Centre

St John Ambulance Association Maharastra State Centre

We are the Maharashtra State Centre of The St. John Ambulance Association, India Chapter. The Hon. Governor of Maharashtra State, chairs the Maharashtra Chapter.

After S.J.A. of India was started in 1912, the St. John Maharashtra State Centre was established in 1915 at the present location in Fort and is still functional from the same venue after 100 years.

The Maharashtra State Centre has several sub centres under its wing - Pune, Nasik, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Ahmednagar. We offer first aid courses to individuals and companies. The training is designed so that the common man can be trained without any formal qualifications being required. Our training is conducted in English, Hindi or Marathi.

Our courses are fully certified, internationally recognised (Learn More) and valid for work visas . We also provide first aid kits to be used in case of emergencies. Classes are conducted only by Maharashtra Medical Council registered Doctors.

Classes for Individuals and small groups of upto 30 people are conducted in our air-conditioned auditorium at our Fort office with audio-visual cues and professional props. Doctors may also travel to your location for a minimum batch of 30 candidates with transport provided for the visiting faculty. Our activities include running certified courses in First Aid, Home Nursing, Health and Safety etc.


We also run Ambulance services through our St. John Ambulance Brigade ( The Parsi Ambulance Wing) located at Lady Wellington House, opposite Metro Cinema, Dhobi Talao. The ambulance service is offered free to the public and is run only on donations from those who make use of our ambulances. The St. John Ambulance Brigade and our volunteers offer our services free, during festivals like Ganesh Chaturti. Volunteers from the Nuclear Power Corp make their services available for Maharashtra's annual Pandharpur pilgrimage, every year.

Centenary Celebrations

As part of our celebrating 100 years in the service of the public, we aim to spread awareness about First Aid in our schools and colleges. We are therefore organising Essay as well as Poster(drawing) Competitions, and Skits in Schools throughout Mumbai. We are also arranging a Fund Raising drive through an English Play which will be performed at the National Centre of the Performing Arts. The funds raised therein will be used for our future activities.

SJA in India

St. John Ambulance India is the Indian branch of St. John Ambulance International. It has its national headquarters in Delhi and operates as a federation. The St. John Ambulance Association of India was started in 1912. Since Independence the India Chapter has its headquarters in New Delhi and is chaired by The Hon. President of India. There are two operational wings often called the Association Wing (which delivers first aid training) and the Brigade Wing (which operates the Ambulance service and delivers First Aid at public events).

Surgeon-Major William George Nicholas Manley of the Royal Regiment of Artillery established St John Ambulance in 1877. In 1912, the St John Ambulance Association was granted autonomy and the Council was created. The first Nursing division was established in 1913 and the first Cadet division in 1925. At independence, the Indian St John Council was granted entire control over the work that was being carried out in its 526 divisions.

History Of SJA International

St. John Ambulance, branded as St. John in some territories, is a common name used by a number of affiliated organisations in different countries, dedicated to the teaching and practice of medical first aid and the provision of ambulance services, all of which derive their origins from the St. John Ambulance Association founded in 1877 in the United Kingdom by the order of Queen Victoria. Commonwealth countries have this organisation in some form or other. The active uniformed first-aiders known as the St. John Ambulance Brigade were introduced in 1887. There are now more than 500,000 such volunteers worldwide. The St John motto: "For the service of Mankind"

Key dates

  • 10 July 1877: St John Ambulance Association formed to teach first-aid in large railway centres and mining districts.
  • June 1887: St John Ambulance Brigade is formed as a uniformed organisation to provide a First Aid and Ambulance services at public events.
  • 14 May 1888: British Order of St John is granted royal charter by Queen Victoria.

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What is First Aid

First Aid is the help given to any person, suffering from any injury or sudden illness, which helps to preserve his life, prevent his condition from deteriorating, and promote his recovery. It is given by any lay person trained as a First Aider, given on the spot, before the arrival of a Doctor or professional medical help.

The Importance of First Aid

During natural and man made disasters and accidents on roads, in factories and industries and in your homes, fast and effective first aid saves lives and restricts and limits the level and seriousness of injury to the human body.

When disaster strikes, it can often be hours or even days before medical experts arrive on the scenes e.g. The Nepal Earthquake. By training volunteers and the general public in First Aid, we can ensure that more people know what to do to keep victims alive.

In the past decade, 1.2 million Indians have died on the country’s roads. According to The National Crime Records Bureau In 2013 alone, over 443,000 road accidents were reported in India with 147,423 deaths as a result. India has one of the highest accident rates in the world.

  • In Mumbai, 45,032 people were injured in road accidents, of which 13,245 died.
  • The Times of India reported that at least nine people were killed every day on local railway tracks in Mumbai in 2014. 3,423 in total.
  • In Mumbai, according. to the RTI queries, 29,393 deaths due to heart attacks were registered in the city between March 2014 and March 2015.

We believe that it is absolutely unacceptable that so many people needlessly die - because no one could give them first aid when they needed it.