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Saturday 20 October 2018

Bray responders mark five years of saving lives

(Back, from left) Katie Dempsey, Susan O’Callaghan, Colm Dempsey, (front) Róisín Dempsey, Lisa Mahony, Helen Rafferty, Stephen Brierton of Bray Cardiac First Responders.
(Back, from left) Katie Dempsey, Susan O’Callaghan, Colm Dempsey, (front) Róisín Dempsey, Lisa Mahony, Helen Rafferty, Stephen Brierton of Bray Cardiac First Responders.

Mary Fogarty

Bray Cardiac First Responders has responded to 1,184 calls during its five years of service.

As of 11 a.m. on June 24, 2018, Bray CFR volunteers had been answering emergency calls on behalf of the National Ambulance Service for five years and coming to the aid of local people in difficulty.

The group was formed in late 2012 and, after several months of training, first went live on the morning of June 24, 2013. They responded to their first call the following day.

'As volunteer responders, we attend five types of emergency call for the National Ambulance Service: cardiac arrest, choking, chest pain, stroke and unconscious collapse,' said a spokesperson for the group.

The volunteer members of Bray CFR are trained to provide CPR and use automated defibrillators when dealing with cardiac arrests; to relieve patients who may be choking; and to secure and make safe the patient's airway with stroke and unconscious patients. Patients presenting with chest pain are reassured and, if required, medicated with Aspirin.

'Over the last five years we have been proactive in fundraising and placing Public Access Defibrillators around the town of Bray. We have provided introduction training in lifesaving CPR to schools and voluntary groups around the town.

'Any group that is interested in learning the basics of CPR and AED use are welcome to contact us,' the spokesperson said.

There is a core group of 25 to 30 volunteers that make themselves available to go on-call at a time that suits their personal circumstances. Volunteers are requested to give at least 12 hours a month in time slots that suit them. Nearly all of the volunteer responders have joined the group with no previous training or experience as responders and come from all walks of life.

Bray CFR trains one night a month and anyone who is thinking about joining as a volunteer is asked to come along for two to three monthly training sessions before they commit to joining. The monthly training takes place on the first Thursday of every month at 8 p.m. at Taylor Centre Sunbeam House on the Vevay Road (entrance opposite Seacrest). The next open public evening is on Thursday, September 6, at 8 p.m.

Anyone interested in having Bray CFR come to them for training should contact the group by email or through Facebook.

Bray CFR is a completely voluntary charity and receives no statutory funding. It is completely dependent the hard work of local volunteers and donations from the. Funds donated to the group are used for training materials, responder kit bags, to purchase, install and maintain Public Access Defibrillators, for website hosting and other minor expenses. If anyone would like to make a contribution, they can do so at www.braycfr.ie.

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