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Sunday 25 August 2019

Trucks ready to give air ambulance a 'lift'

Millstreet Vintage Club looking ahead to the Truck Run in support of the Irish Community Rapid Response Air Ambulance. Picture John Tarrant
Millstreet Vintage Club looking ahead to the Truck Run in support of the Irish Community Rapid Response Air Ambulance. Picture John Tarrant

John Tarrant

Millstreet Vintage Club hits the road on Sunday, July 28, with a massive Truck Run in support of the Irish Community Rapid Response for the launch of a new aero-medical service based at Rathcoole.

A major promotion of the event sees the haulage industry from across the South West Region and beyond confirming their intentions to descend on Millstreet for a trip across the Duhallow Barony in support of the air ambulance.

Ireland's first privately funded air ambulance service is set to become operational in the next week or so, responding to up to 500 calls per year, and bringing most of the population of a 15,000 square kilometre area within 20 minutes of critical medical care.

The air ambulance will be run by the Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR) - a charity dedicated to pre-hospital care costing €2 million a year to operate.

A AW109 helicopter has been leased from Sloane Helicopters in the UK and will be based at Rathcoole. ICRR director John Kearney spoke of the air ambulance operating seven days-a-week and it will be critical in getting emergency cases from inaccessible locations to hospitals.

"Time is the biggest priority when it comes to serious emergencies in the medical sphere. In many places in Ireland, we are challenged with regard to dealing with medical emergencies," he said.

"It will offer a mobile intensive care unit by air which will allow us to safely transport patients faster to a major hospital, saving time and lives. This is a service for Munster and south Leinster, and we need the support of the people to donate, fundraise or volunteer for us," said John.

Millstreet Vintage Club PRO Bernard Crowley congratulated all involved on the establishment of a charitably funded Helicopter Emergency Medical Service in the South, which will operate from the Rathcoole Aerodrome.

"The service will complement the existing aero-medical services and improve aero-medical access to the South of Ireland. It will offer a mobile intensive care unit by air which will allow the safe transport of patients to a hospital", he said.

The Truck Run will be based at the K & L base in Millstreet at 12noon, heading for Rathmore, Knocknagree, Ballydesmond, Newmarket, Kanturk, Biddy's Greens on the Mallow-Killarney road and returning to Millstreet via the Sandpit House and Rathcoole Aerodrome for a finish at K & L where a barbecue and entertainment is programmed.

Millstreet Vintage organisers are cautioning that motorists may experience "minor traffic delays" along the route in the 90 minute convoy. Further details are available from Daniel Lucey at 086 -8680807.

The public can donate to the ICRR Air Ambulance with the following details: IBAN: IE24MATN99221206094207  BIC:MATNIE21XXX.

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