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Saturday 21 October 2017

Castlebellingham First Responders launched

Olivia Ryan

The new Castlebellingham, Dromiskin Cardiac First Responders group launched their life saving new service in the community over the last few weeks.

Chairperson Karen Dowling explained that after 'a lot of work getting the group up and running, from training, upskilling, recruiting, and Garda vetting,' they were delighted to 'go live' with the service on March 31st.

When on duty volunteers will respond to cardiac arrest, stroke and heart attack emergency calls, as well as respiratory difficulties or choking. Karen added that the group are a vital addition to the area, saying 'CPR and defibrillation saves lives.'

'Unfortunately at this time we will do not have enough people to cover 20/7 so we are looking for more volunteers to start our next training program, volunteers need to be over 18yrs old, have a drivers licence, the use of an insured car and live in the area.'

The group is totally voluntary and depends on the community for donations to keep running. Anyone looking to join or make a donation can contact the Facebook page: Castlebellingham/Dromiskin CFR

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