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Sunday 25 August 2019

Kilmuckridge CFR appeals for volunteers

Cathy Lee

The newly founded Kilmuckridge community first responders group are on the search for volunteers interested in getting trained up to then help their community on the ground in the coming months.

'We have had just over 20 people interested and people should know that they don't need to have any qualifications or past experience of first aid to be part of it. Everyone will take a four hour course and we will provide full training, which will continue regularly once we are up and running,' said Ken Harney of the group.

Ken explained that from his own experience, a key part of being a member of the team is being prepared in an emergency situation, which happened to him and his work colleagues on the job one day.

'There was a cardiac arrest in work and thankfully the person survived. When I was there in the situation, the team training does come back to you in that moment and it works,' he said.

Community first responders help the national ambulance service by volunteering and operating within the community they live or work in, responding to incidents within a defined geographical area such as a village or small town.

Their aim is to reach a potential life threatening emergency in the first vital minutes before the ambulance crew arrives, and they are usually trained to use a defibrillator, provide basic life support and early care in resuscitation or cardiac arrest, choking or a heart attack.

'You can have an affect on someone surviving, and it's a way to give back to your community as part of a team. We will be continuing to look for volunteers going forward and we will train twice a month,' said Ken.

He explained that the team won't be rushing in to things without all volunteers being up to standard, and there is hope that the group will be up and running later in the year, around November or December.

To find out more, contact Ken on 087 1882994.

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