Cathedral group receive CFR training
St Aidan's Cathedral received a massive boost recently as a group of volunteers were issued with their certificates having completed Cardiac First Response (CFR) training with Enniscorthy Red Cross.
With big crowds attending Mass at the Cathedrals on Saturdays and Sundays in particular, it was considered a perfect place to install a defibrillator, and there is now one installed there should there ever be an emergency.
Installing an AED was only half the battle, however. It was necessary to ensure that enough people were trained in its use so that there would always be someone on hand in case of an emergency.
Paddy Redmond and Sally Flynn from Enniscorthy Red Cross provided training to those who volunteered and the course covered quite a bit.
'It's not all just the defibrillator,' Paddy explained.
'The most important thing is CPR. The course covered that, dealing with a heart attack, choking in babies and adults, the FAST test for strokes and then obviously the use of the defibrillator as well.
'This group volunteered to do it on behalf of the church and it is hoped now that there will always be someone around in the case of an emergency.'
'The goal,' he continued, 'is to grain as many people as we can and get as many defibrillators out there as possible.
'Overall, I think we've trained somewhere in the region of 80 people in the local area in the past six to eight months.'
Paddy and Sally were delighted to hand out the certificates at the Cathedral last week and among those receiving them was Fr Billy Swan.
Those who participated in the course thanked the Red Cross for their expertise and the whole initiative has the potential to save lives should an incident occur in or close to the Cathedral.