Rapid response vehicle to save lives in North Kerry and West Limerick

Ruth Bruton April 30, 2019 Latest News, Volunteer Doctors

Rapid response vehicle to save lives in North Kerry and West Limerick

Issued by Irish Community Rapid Response Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Rapid response vehicle to save lives in North Kerry and West Limerick Communities called on to support the ‘golden hour’

Issued by Irish Community Rapid Response

Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Rapid response vehicle to save lives in North Kerry and West Limerick

Communities called on to support the ‘golden hour’ for medical emergencies 

A Rapid Response vehicle, dedicated to medical emergencies in North Kerry and West Limerick, was launched today – and is set to save lives across the counties.

The service is being coordinated by Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR) and involves volunteer doctors, working alongside frontline HSE emergency services, to respond to time life-threatening emergencies.

The state-of-the-art vehicle is a Renault Kadjar Crossover, supported by Renault Ireland, and is based in Listowel led by local volunteer Dr. Andrei Brovchin.

The service will cover a broad area including Tralee, Listowel, Ballybunion, Tarbert, Foynes, Newcastle West, Abbeyfeale and Castleisland.

The ICRR led service will work alongside the National Ambulance Service. Volunteer doctors will be tasked via the 999/112 call system at the National Emergency Operations Centre to attend serious life-threatening emergencies.

“All the evidence tells us that having the right treatment in the right place as soon as possible is the key to saving lives in cardiac arrest patients. By equipping volunteer doctors and responders with the tools to react quickly within their own communities, they have the best possible chance of getting to patients within the most crucial window of opportunity for survival,” Dr. Brovchin said.

Launching the service at Garvey’s SuperValu in Listowel today, ICRR Founder John Kearney said this was very positive for families and communities in North Kerry and West Limerick, and he capped for continued support.

“ICRR now has ten Rapid Response Vehicles (RRV’s) nationwide, including the one dedicated to this area. 

“It costs €30,000 per year to fund this service and we are calling on the people of Kerry and Limerick to help us save lives by raising vital funds to keep this service operating year on year. For information on how to help, or to discuss further, please contact us.”

Since 2008, ICRR has developed a network of over 200 volunteer doctors throughout Ireland who can be called on to deliver critical medical interventions which prevent serious injury or death. This number is set to rise to 250 volunteer doctors this year.

ICRR is also working with the HSE National Ambulance Service (NAS) and Department of Health to deliver Ireland’s first community Air Ambulance service. ICRR is providing the helicopter, Air Ambulance base, pilots and ground staff, while the HSE NAS is providing the paramedical staff. Helped by public donations ICRR has built a dedicated Air Ambulance base in Rathcool, Millstreet, Co. Cork at a cost of €400,000.

The helicopter is in situ and staff training is completed. The service is awaiting final approval by the HSE and will then need sign off by the Minister for Health. It is hoped that the service will be airborne imminently.

ICRR thanked the many communities across Kerry and Limerick who have been generously supportive of both the RRV and Air Ambulance services.

ICRR was founded in 2008 and was a winning project at the 2013 Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards, presented by President Michael D. Higgins.

More information at www.icrr.ie

Further information

Ronan Cavanagh, Cavanagh Communications: (086) 317 9731 / ronan@cavanaghcommunications.ie.

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