Since 2008, ICRR has been developing a network of over 200 Volunteer Doctors throughout Ireland who can be called on to deliver critical medical interventions within “the golden hour,” meaning the time period during which there is the highest likelihood that prompt medical treatment will prevent serious injury or death. ICRR has over 235 Volunteer Doctors responding in their communities in 2019.
Rapid Response Vehicles
ICRR has ten Rapid Response Vehicles (RRV’s) nationwide that are National Ambulance Service assets and complement the existing National Ambulance Service model. The voluntary 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 either on foot or in their own vehicles.
Building on our experience and success we successfully provided Ireland’s first dedicated and charity funded Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS). Based out of North Cork, ICRR’s Community Air Ambulance (callsign Helimed92) is an asset of the National Ambulance Service and responds to serious trauma and medical emergencies when tasked. In its first month of service, Helimed92 responded to over 56 emergencies. We offer a vital lifesaving service, offering fast access to advanced clinical interventions at the roadside by highly trained pre-hospital emergency care medical personnel. Most critically, the Community Air Ambulance can bring the casualty to the hospital that best suits their life saving needs, not just the closest geographically. The ICRR Community Air Ambulance was airborne on 30th July 2019.