Since 2008, ICRR has been developing a register of Volunteer Doctors throughout Ireland. The volunteer doctors are tasked via 999/112 call dispatchers at the National Emergency Operations Centre, and when available, they attend serious life threatening emergencies in their own locality. This access to medical care well within “the golden hour” often mean the difference between life and death. Over 235 Volunteer Doctors are responding in their communities in 2020.
Rapid Response Vehicles
In addition, the ICRR has rolled out ten Rapid Response Vehicles (RRV’s) nationwide that are National Ambulance Service assets and complement the existing National Ambulance Service model. The RRVs are placed with a volunteer doctor in areas of high need.
Building on our experience with the network of Volunteer Doctors and Rapid Response Vehicles, ICRR successfully launched Ireland’s first dedicated and charity funded Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) on the 30th July 2019.
Based out of North Cork, ICRR’s Community Air Ambulance (callsign Helimed92) is an asset of the National Ambulance Service and responds to the most serious trauma and medical emergencies when tasked. In the first 11 months of service, over 483 missions have been tasked. We offer a vital lifesaving service, bringing advanced paramedics from the National Ambulance Service to the roadside, farm or home within minutes of the incident. Most critically, the Air Ambulance can then bring the casualty to the hospital that best suits their life saving needs, not just the closest geographically.