Cara CU donates a defibrillator
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.
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).