Cran­more re­spon­ders trained to work with am­bu­lance ser­vice

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

THE launch of the AED Com­mu­nity First Re­spon­der (CFR) Pro­gramme took place in Cran­more on Tues­day, which sees a de­fib­ril­la­tor in place with nine peo­ple from Cran­more and the sur­round­ing ar­eas trained to use it. They were pre­sented with their cer­tifi­cates at the Cran­more Co-op from Mayor of Sligo Mu­nic­i­pal District Cllr Ros­aleen O’Grady.

She spoke at length about the sig­nif­i­cance of such a ser­vice in Cran­more, prais­ing all those in­volved in de­vel­op­ing the pro­gramme. Mark Cal­lanan from the Na­tional Am­bu­lance Ser­vice also praised the par­tic­i­pants who are now trained as Com­mu­nity First Re­spon­ders. Mark said: “The abil­ity of Com­mu­nity First Re­spon­ders to work along­side the Na­tional Am­bu­lance Ser­vice has been shown to in­crease chances of sur­vival.”

Marisa Mo­ran from Cran­more Re­gen­er­a­tion who was a key fig­ure in get­ting this ini­tia­tive off the ground thanked ev­ery­one in­volved. She spoke of how it had al­ways been a vi­sion of the Cran­more Re­gen­er­a­tion Team to get a de­fib­ril­la­tor in an ex­ter­nal box and AED Re­spon­ders from within the com­mu­nity trained to use it.

Mark El­liott (Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer) with the Cran­more Co-op will be co or­di­nat­ing the pro­gramme which went live on Wed­nes­day. Mark said: “The ba­sis of how it works is if a 999 or 112 call is re­ceived by the Na­tional Am­bu­lance Ser­vice (NAS) in re­gards to a car­diac ar­rest or chok­ing, they send a call out to a host phone which is al­lo­cated at the Cran­more Co-op.

“This call will then be re­layed out to the nine re­spon­ders who, if avail­able will re­spond to the call. The AED is housed at the porch at 7 Devin’s Drive and CFR’s all have the ac­cess code for this.

“We would like to thank the Civil De­fence who trained the nine re­spon­ders and espe­cially our fun­ders from the Healthy Ire­land Ini­tia­tive and the Lo­cal Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee (LCDC) who pro­vided fund­ing un­der the Com­mu­nity En­hance­ment Pro­gramme (CEP) 2018,” Mark added.

First Re­spon­dees in Cran­more: David O’Rourke, Brian O’Rourke, Mark Bren­nan, Brian Gan­non, Stephen Far­rell, Shirley Clancy, Mayor of Sligo Mu­nic­i­pal District Cllr Ros­aleen O’Grady, Bron­wyn Cad­den and Larisa Matve­jeeva.

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