First Re­spon­ders hosts first neigh­bour­hood CPR event

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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.

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