Cara CU do­nates a de­fib­ril­la­tor

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By SI­MON BROUDER

CARA Credit Union have gifted the Tralee First Re­spon­ders with a de­fib­ril­la­tor and in­stalled the de­fib­ril­la­tor out­side the door of the credit union’ head of­fice at Ashe Street in Tralee.

The dona­tion was made as part of the credit union’s on­go­ing 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

Cara CU CEO Pa Laide said the Union was very pleased to be able to help the vol­un­tary com­mu­nity re­spon­ders group in their life sav­ing work.

“We are de­lighted to gift Tralee First Re­spon­ders and our Tralee com­mu­nity with a de­fib­ril­la­tor as part of our 50th An­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions. Not only is Ashe Street a very busy street to have a de­fib­ril­la­tor in­stalled for pub­lic ac­cess but the credit union is a very busy of­fice in the heart of the com­mu­nity,” said Mr Laide.

The de­fib­ril­la­tor is avail­able out­side the Cara CU, Ashe Street of­fice 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

It can be ac­cessed by phon­ing the Tralee First Re­spon­ders tele­phone num­ber which is dis­played on the unit. When a call is made, the am­bu­lance ser­vice are au­to­mat­i­cally alerted and will dis­patch an am­bu­lance along with a mem­ber of the Tralee First Re­spon­ders.

“The im­por­tant mes­sage now is for the com­mu­nity and busi­nesses in the town to know the lo­ca­tions of their near­est de­fib­ril­la­tor unit with our Tralee of­fice be­ing one such lo­ca­tion,” said Pa Laide.

Jimmy Mur­phy of the Tralee First Re­spon­ders thanked the Credit Union for the dona­tion.

“We are de­lighted to ac­cept this kind dona­tion from Cara CU. Each unit will save lives. It is fan­tas­tic to see Tralee Town cen­tre ser­viced with a pub­lic de­fib­ril­la­tor unit. We would like to thank all the team and the mem­bers at Cara Credit Union. With­out do­na­tions like this one, we would be un­able to run this ser­vice,” he said.

The Tralee First Re­spon­ders group was set up in 2016 and con­sists of 12 people from Tralee who of­fer a 24 hour ser­vice, seven days a week. This in­cludes pro­vid­ing CPR train­ing to many in­di­vid­u­als and groups.

In the two years since it was set up it has pro­vided 54,000 vol­un­tary hours and attended 458 call­outs as well as as­sis­tance to the Na­tional Am­bu­lance Ser­vice. Of the 458 call­outs, 289 were to as­sist chest pain pa­tients, 124 were cases of stroke and 45 were car­diac ar­rest cases.

Photo by Fer­gus Dennehy

Puic­tured at Cara Cred­its Union’s pre­sen­ta­tion of a de­fib­ril­la­tor to the Tralee First Re­spon­ders are Siob­hán Don­nelly (Cara CU), Jimmy Mur­phy (Tralee First Re­spon­ders), Caro­line Su­grue (Chair Cara CU), Carmelia Draghici (TFR), Julie O’Sul­li­van (TFR) and Pa Laide (CEO Cara CU).

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