THE 19 members of Carlow Town Community First Responders (CFR) celebrated their first anniversary at a reception in Carlow County Council. Their first year saw 187 callouts.
The volunteers respond to incidents of chest pain, cardiac arrest and choking and are dispatched by the National Ambulance Service. The group has gone from strength to strength in just a year, having received great support from the locals.
“We have had a huge amount of support from the public in regards to collection days we have had at Carlow Shopping Centre or Fairgreen Shopping Centre,” said the group’s PRO Richard Timmons. “We receive very little funding other than local authority grants, so the donations from the public have helped us to purchase four defibrillators and training equipment.”
At the anniversary reception were CFR Ireland chairman John Fitzgerald and Donal Lonergan, community engagement officer for the National Ambulance Service in the south east. The group held a demonstration of CPR skills at the reception.
The responders have done great work since they formed, with Mick Dooley and Cllr William Paton playing key roles in its set up.