Friday 15 December 2017

Helmets at the ready as town hit by 'red alert'

Elaine Keogh

THERE was mayhem and bloodshed at the weekend with a number of people stabbed and suffering serious spinal injuries.

However, thankfully, the blood was fake and the 24 locations of chilling, life-like disasters in Dundalk, Co Louth, were all staged.

"They looked real because the teams had to respond to a situation as if it was a real-life emergency," explained a spokesperson for the Irish Red Cross.

This year Ireland hosted the annual European competition First Aid Convention Europe (FACE), in which teams from 21 countries competed.

There were spinal injuries in an abseiling event, a martial-arts expert was impaled on a 2ft-long sword, and a mechanic had her hand caught in the rotary blade of a tractor she was fixing. There was a head-on collision between a car and lorry, and a woman who went into labour during an armed siege.

A total of 800 Red Cross volunteers took part in the event, which was worth in the region of €150,000 to the local economy.

When all the bandages were removed and the crutches had been put back in storage, Italy were proclaimed the winners.

Irish Independent

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