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Tuesday 15 October 2019

Fourth defibrilator unveiled in Wicklow

Niamh OToole from Wicklow Town First Responders, Tom Hanlon and Jenifer Bergin from Wicklow and District Credit Union, Jacqueline Kerr from Super Valu, Lorraine McDonald and Justin Doran from Tesco and first responders Amanda OSullivan and Liam Clarke at the
unveiling of the public access defibrilator at Wicklow and District Credit Union on Tuesday morning
Niamh OToole from Wicklow Town First Responders, Tom Hanlon and Jenifer Bergin from Wicklow and District Credit Union, Jacqueline Kerr from Super Valu, Lorraine McDonald and Justin Doran from Tesco and first responders Amanda OSullivan and Liam Clarke at the unveiling of the public access defibrilator at Wicklow and District Credit Union on Tuesday morning

By Emma Stafford

Wicklow town's Community First Responders have boosted the chances of saving a life by unveiling a fourth defibrillator in the town this week.

The new public access defibrillator is located outside the Wicklow and District Credit Union where it can be easily accessed - along with those already in place outside CarePlus Pharmacy, Ernie's Bar and Michael Collins - and used as a vital link in the chain of survival for a patient who has stopped breathing.

'Early CPR and defibrillation can save a life,' said a spokesperson for Wicklow Town Community First Responders (CFR). 'This defibrillator, along with the three others in the town, are available 24/7 and are linked to the National Ambulance Service so that a member of the public can be directed to their location if a patient needs defibrillation while waiting for the ambulance.

'We would like to say a big "thank you" to Wicklow and District Credit Union Ltd for facilitating its installation on their wall and Robert Dunne for the electrical installation.

'We would also like to thank the townspeople of Wicklow and its surrounding areas who continue to support our annual bag packs in Gallagher's SuperValu and Tesco Wicklow town.

'This fundraising allows us to provide and service the Defibrillators and to train more volunteer responders,' the spokesperson said.

All four public access defibrillators are looked after by Wicklow CFR, which is a group of volunteers who work alongside the National Ambulance Service and are trained to attend emergency calls for heart attacks, chest pain, strokes, unconscious and choking patients.

New volunteers are always welcome and full training is given.

Anyone interested in getting involved should contact cfrwicklowtown@gmail.com or Caroline on 087 9933509.

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