Photo courtesy of NRATV, and Former U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Oliver L. North, April 6, 2003
Respondere, ubi et cum aliis non possunt™
(To respond, where and when others do not™)
MOTO+PARA™ is inspired and influenced by the nearly 1,000 years of service and dedication of the Knights Hospitallers, officially known as the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem. These medieval knights’ story began in the Holy Land; their motto was Pro Fide, Pro Utilitate Hominum (For Faith, For Service to Humanity).
In 603, Pope Gregory I commissioned the Ravennate Abbot Probus to build a hospital in Jerusalem to treat and care for Christian pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land. In 800, Emperor Charlemagne enlarged Probus’ hospital and added a library. After nearly 400 years of serving Christians and all pilgrims regardless of religion, the hospital was destroyed along with 3,000 other buildings during an invasion. In 1023, the hospital was rebuilt on the site of the monastery of Saint John the Baptist of Jerusalem to continue the care and service to pilgrims once again.
During this time, the monks and brothers not only treated those at the hospital, but they rode out on horseback to care for the sick and afflicted. They also brought back patients, making them one of, if not the first, paramedics in history. It is said that this was the basis for the “Order” granted by Pope Paschal II in 1113, where they became known as Knights Hospitallers.
The Knights’ formidable training went well beyond caregivers and protectors — they were fierce warriors. They were known throughout the Holy Land as expert horsemen, and it was their savage charge that earned their reputation as fearless. The Knights Hospitallers worked together as a squadron charging into their enemies in wedged formations. This maneuver required high levels of discipline and organizational skills to make it work on a battlefield against formidable foes.
The Knights Hospitallers were “the tip of the spear”, riding their steeds hard and fast straight through defense lines to be the first behind enemy lines. They also expertly attended to the wounded — their own knights and any of the enemy stricken in battle — never losing their original core principles of defense and caring for the sick and afflicted.
It is through this mission and philosophy that we have adopted the Knights Hospitallers’ core values and principles to fearlessly charge in and serve. From their inspiration we have created MOTO+PARA™ with the motto: Respondere, ubi et cum aliis non possunt™ (To respond, where and when others do not™).
MOTO+PARA™ responds adaptively — assessing the type, magnitude, area and topography, social and infrastructure conditions, and numbers of people affected by the emergency disaster or humanitarian crisis. We then select the combinations of people and equipment to meet the first, second and third waves of mission deployments to serve those in need.
Our civilian-based global emergency response MOTOPARA Motormen™ are warriors that work together in the spirit of the Knights Hospitallers. Our modern day “battlefield” is any emergency or disaster occurring in the regions we serve, and the “formidable foe” is the devastating duo of Time & Death with their weapons of choice: distance, inaccessibility, darkness, terrain, weather, fire, floods, and whatever the world might put before us.