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Wednesday 24 October 2018

Bray Order of Malta responded to 25 calls since last Tuesday

Niamh O’Brien, Alan Pluck, Aidan Barry, Martin Hayes and Michelle Hubbard, one of the Order of Malta teams at the Hawthorn Road depot in Bray
Niamh O’Brien, Alan Pluck, Aidan Barry, Martin Hayes and Michelle Hubbard, one of the Order of Malta teams at the Hawthorn Road depot in Bray
The Order of Malta ambulance in the snow

Mary Fogarty

Bray's Order of Malta volunteers responded to 25 emergency calls last week, as Storm Emma met the Beast from the East.

'I am immensely proud of all our highly motivated volunteers,' said Officer in Charge of the Bray unit Adjt Bernard Hayden.

'The community spirit and persons assisting us along the way trying to get to sick and vulnerable people were a credit to the community,' he said.

Crews were alerted to be on standby last Tuesday evening, along with their colleagues nationally, by the Joint Voluntary Command Centre which organises and deploys resources including The Order of Malta, Irish Red Cross and St John Ambulance in the event of national emergencies.

Crews were assisting with getting critical healthcare workers into hospitals in Dublin from remote locations in their 4x4 ambulance, and patient transfers in the road ambulance as far as Wexford Town.

As conditions deteriorated throughout the week their crews were on call 24 hours a day and responded to priority 999 emergency calls from the National Ambulance Service in their 4x4 ambulance which proved invaluable in harsh conditions.

In some circumstances it was impossible for them to reach some affected areas due to snow drifts and they became stuck in Citywest for several hours.

'Many thanks to our colleagues nationwide and our fellow volunteers who were also out assisting during Storm Emma in The Irish Red Cross, St John Ambulance, Wicklow Rapid Response, The Irish Coast Guard and Civil Defence,' said Bernard.

'And in the frontline services National Ambulance Service, An Garda Síochána, Wicklow and Dublin Fire Services.

'The County Councils, and men and women with shovels, tractors and snow ploughs who got us going again when our vehicles got stuck.

'It's a credit to the community spirit and can-do attitude during difficult times,' he said.

'It is certainly a year to remember as we celebrate 75 years serving the community in Bray.'

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