Tetra Ireland were honoured to attend and support the national first responder conference, "Respond 2016", in Mullingar today.
In Ireland, 5,000 People die each year from cardiac arrest, thirteen people every day. These people are going about their daily lives, at home, at work, shopping, at sports events and many collapse and die without warning. Cardiac First Responders Ireland is the national umbrella Organisation for Community First Responder Groups in Ireland. CFR is run by volunteers living in communities across Ireland. Volunteers are trained, as a minimum in basic life support and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), who attend a potentially life threatening emergency.
On receipt of a 999 call a linked Community First Responder is dispatched simultaneously with the National Ambulance Service. First Responders are only dispatched to Chest Pain, Breathing difficulty, Choking, Stroke and Cardiac related calls within a three mile (5km) radius of their Communities. Because the people "on call" live or work in their area, they can respond in minutes and provide emergency measures and reassurance until the Ambulance Service arrives.
This is the 2nd year we have been in attendance and we are already looking forward to seeing Irelands unsung heroes again next year.