Monday 27 January 2020

Arklow team experiences busiest year with nearly 300 calls

Another busy year for vital first responders

Arklow First Responders celebrating their ninth birthday at a training day in February
Arklow First Responders celebrating their ninth birthday at a training day in February

2019 was a very busy year for the Arklow Community First Responders.

The volunteer-led service was activated to 292 calls by the National Ambulance Service during the year and it seems likely that they will break 300 calls for the first time in their history.

2019 started off with the group receiving a cheque for €2,625 from two of their greatest supporters, Anthony and Arlette Doyle. Members thanked both of them for everything they do to support the work of the local Community First Responders.

In February, Arklow CFR ran a family and friends CPR course which 16 members of the community attended.

In March, Arklow's eighth Public Access Defibrillator was launched. It is located just off the junction of Emoclew and Coolgreaney Roads. Thanks were extended to Fabian and Ursula Doyle for allowing the placement on their property, CCTV and the electrical supply needed for the heated cabinet.

Arklow CFR received an unexpected award in the 'Giving Back' category at the Micro Business Awards in April.

In May, members participated in the annual Darkness to Light walk.

In July, the 'Neighbourhood CPR' campaign got under way. Members visited various neighbourhoods to teach life saving CPR skills. It is hoped that this campaign will return next year.

In August, the Arklow CFR taught lifesaving skills at the Arklow RNLI Maritime Festival and at the first Release Wellness event.

As part of World Restart a Heart Day in October, memberes taught CPR and AED training in Bridgewater shopping Centre.

In November, the group received a donation of €1,170.66 from Anthony and Arlette Doyle, the proceeds of from their annual Hallowe'en lights display.

This year, many people within the local community donated or organised fundraising events on behalf of Arklow CFR including Fergal Redmond, the Hughes family, Karen O'Reilly, The Midway, Arklow Credit Union, Kevin Quinn, ASL, Arklow Presbyterian Church, the parents and family of Carter McManus and Arklow Chair Yoga.

A spokesperson for Arklow CFR said: 'To all these people, we are extremely grateful for all their hard work and efforts to the benefit of our group, to anyone we may have forgotten we sincerely apologise but please know we are eternality grateful.'

Wicklow People