DUNBOYNE Cardiac First Responders (CFR) group will be officially unveiled tomorrow, Friday 10th February in Dunboyne Parish Centre, with the team ready to go live from 7am on Saturday morning.
The launch is the culmination of a lot of preparation and training over the past 18 months for the volunteers who will be on call and ready to respond to emergency situations including cardiac arrests, heart attacks and strokes within a 5km radius of Dunboyne village.
Volunteers will provide this vital community service until an ambulance or paramedic gets to the scene.
Martin Kelly co-ordinator for Dunboyne CFR explained they have 20 volunteers who are trained to cardiac first response level. “The group has been in the making for about a year and a half. The National Ambulance Service (NAS) came out and did an information night for any interested volunteers and we have been training flat out for about a year.”
“The premise is very simple. We have set up a 5km area around Dunboyne and Clonee in agreement with the NAS. When a 999 call comes in from that area they dispatch an ambulance and the same message is sent to our phone for calls relating to heart attacks, cardiac arrests, choking, stroke and unconsicous persons. “
He explained the nearest ambulance base is in Dunshaughlin but it could be out in the area dealing with another call when an emergency arises and it could be 10 to 15 minutes to get to Dunboyne. The CFR group will provide a local response with two people on call ready to go to the location and try alleviate the situation until the ambulance or paramedics arrive.
From 7am on Saturday morning, Dunboyne CFR group will be available 24-7, 365 days a year to respond to emergencies with two volunteers on call at all times.
Fundraising has been carried out locally to fund the defibrillators and the running costs of the group. Mr Kelly explained that there are no grants available and it is all community funded. It costs in the region of €6,000 per year to run a CFR group.
The group is always open to volunteers and anyone interested cant contact the group on firstname.lastname@example.org, contact (086) 6079978, (086) 2930605 or see facebook ‘Dunboyne Cardiac’.
Among the speakers at tomorrow’s launch will be representatives from the NAS, the chairperson of Community First Responders Group in Ireland and Dr David Menzies, a consultant in emergency medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital.