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AED kits are being supplied to HSE paramedics who also volunteer as Community First Responders

AED kits are being supplied to HSE paramedics who also volunteer as Community First Responders

AED kits are being supplied to HSE paramedics who also volunteer as Community First Responders

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Nine Louth based HSE paramedics who work as Community First Responders when off duty have been equipped with AED defibrillators from the National Ambulance Service (NAS), the Argus has learned.

The NAS is delivering 150 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to ambulance staff across the country who volunteer as Community First Responders when off duty.

The nine Louth paramedics will now, for the first time, have an AED immediately to hand when a life-threatening emergency occurs in their local community.

The HSE confirmed that the local staff had applied for and were allocated AED Kits as part of the new programme.

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They are volunteer Community First Responders in their spare time as well as being full time paramedics with the ambulance service.

Robert Morton, NAS Director, thanked Louth NAS staff who volunteer as Community First Responders (CFRs) in their communities when off duty: “This is a great initiative which has been funded by the Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Strategy for Ireland. NAS staff who volunteer as CFRs when off duty in their local communities deserve great praise. These new AED kits will be a great asset for them as they will have immediate access to an AED when a cardiac emergency occurs. The AEDs fit into a specially-designed backpack which makes them easily transportable when someone is rushing to the scene of an emergency. They are being delivered to 150 staff around the country.”

Ger O’Dea, NAS National Community Engagement Manager, said: “CFRs have a huge impact on the lives of people every day and we are delighted to be able to deliver these AED kits to our own staff who volunteer as CFRs in their own time. The voluntary scheme involving our staff has been operating for over 15 years now and this is the first time that we are in a position to supply AED kits for use by off-duty staff. These staff play a very important role both on duty and off duty and we all owe them a debt of gratitude. We were delighted to be able to order these kits having received funding from the Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Strategy.”

Bridget Clarke, NAS Lead, Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Strategy and Associated Specialist Programmes, said: “The Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Strategy was very pleased to be in a position to provide the funding for this initiative. We have no doubt that it will be of great benefit to local communities and we are all very grateful to the NAS staff members who participate in it. Those who volunteer as CFRs in their communities are making a real difference. We would ask if people are interested in the work of a CFR to come forward and volunteer, there are lots of opportunities in local communities around the country to get involved. Full training and support will be provided.”

CFR groups who are linked to the NAS National Emergency Operations Centre are alerted to an emergency in their area and, as they are community based, can provide medical assistance within minutes of a 112/999 call being received. 


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