First Responders hosts first neighbourhood CPR event
The Arklow Community First Responders held the first event in their neighbourhood CPR campaign last Saturday. Residents of Woodlands and surrounding estates had the chance to learn hands-only CPR from members of the voluntary service.
‘There was lots of interest and questions,’ said John Summers, Arklow Community First Responders PRO and secretary.
‘People think of CPR as the kiss of life and that idea can be overwhelming. Hands-only CPR is about knowing where to put your hands on the chest and how to do compressions.
‘If someone collapses, bystander CPR can make a difference. It is vital that compressions are started as soon as possible, and to call emergency services.’
The local service is planning to hold other public demonstrations as part of their campaign in the coming weeks. On Saturday, July 20, they will be in Knockmore estate on the Gorey Road. Everyone who lives in the surrounding area and wishes to learn about hands-only CPR is encouraged to come along.
‘We’re not only teaching hands-only CPR,’ said John, ‘we also advise on scene safety and how to use the senses to observe the area before approaching a person who has collapsed.’
Arklow Community First Responders are a voluntary service who are dispatched to cardiac emergencies by the National Ambulance Service. They will also be giving public demonstrations as part of the RNLI Arklow Maritime Festival.
Sharon White with John Summers.
Sandra Byrne, Carol Long and Denise Gilfoyle.