Community first responder scheme being set up in Westport

Westport Community First Responders will be holding a public meeting on April 28.

Westport Community First Responders will be holding a public meeting on April 28.

A community first responder scheme operates whereby the ambulance service upon receiving the 112/999 call, in addition to the usual ambulance/EMS personnel, simultaneously dispatches a rostered on call community based first responder.

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 only.

Westport Community First Responders is currently recruiting and training members and hopes to be available to be dispatched by ambulance control in late 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,, call Laura Mitchell on (086 ) 0794291 or David O’Sullivan on (087 ) 2294320, or email [email protected].

Westport Community First Responders first public meeting will take place on April 28 at 7.30pm in the Castlecourt Hotel Westport, all interested persons are warmly invited to attend.

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