Community first responder scheme being set up in Castlebar

Castlebar Community First Responders are currently recruiting and training members and hope to be available to be dispatched by ambulance control in mid 2016 on a 24/7 basis. If you would like to help by responding to medical emergencies in your community, or if you would just like to learn CPR and how to save a life, contact Castlebar CFRs by emailing [email protected]

A community first responder scheme operates whereby the ambulance service upon receiving the 112 or 999 call dispatches a rostered on-call community-based first responder, in addition to the usual ambulance/EMS personnel. Community first responders are dispatched by the HSE National Ambulance Service (NAS ) to life threatening emergencies such as cardiac arrest, adult chest pain (suspected heart attack ), choking and stroke.

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