ICRR welcomes commencement of operations of charity Air Ambulance service Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR) today welcomed this week’s commencement of operations by Ireland’s first charity Air Ambulance service.
ICRR welcomes commencement of operations of charity Air Ambulance service
Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR) today welcomed this week’s commencement of operations by Ireland’s first charity Air Ambulance service.
The service, which is being led by ICRR, went live on Tuesday, July 30th and has already been called into service via the HSE National Ambulance Service (NAS) 999 / 112 call system.
A formal Ministerial launch will take in the coming weeks, and ICRR will also launch a major public fundraising drive. The community-based service will need to raise €2m annually from the public to remain operational.
The service is a partnership led by ICRR together with the HSE National Ambulance Service and the Department of Health.
The charity has committed to paying for the helicopter, the pilots, the fuel and the airbase near Millstreet in Co. Cork. The HSE NAS is providing the medical staffing and it will be tasked centrally through the NAS 999 / 112 call system.
While Munster based it will be available for missions nationwide and coordinate with the existing Athlone based Emergency Aeromedical Service.
The Air Ambulance is expected to respond up to 500 calls per year, and bring the population of a 10,000 square mile area within 20 minutes of critical medical care.
Since 2008, ICRR has also developed a network of over 250 land based volunteer doctors and ten Rapid Response Vehicles (RRVs), across the country, to deliver critical medical interventions which prevent serious injury or death.
More information at www.icrr.ie
Ronan Cavanagh, Cavanagh Communications: (086) 317 9731 / firstname.lastname@example.org.