Date Published : August 16th, 2018 Published By : adminThe Department of Rural and Community Development has approved CLAR funding to provide six schools in Ardara, Co. Donegal with defibrillators.
Locals in Ardara and surrounding areas will also benefit from a newly launched Community First Responders which went live with the National Ambulance Service in earlier this month.
Shirley Baskin-Morris, Catherine McNelis and recently qualified EMT Joanne Molloney are among the first volunteers involved with Ardara CFR. Anyone who suffers with a cardiac emergency, chest pain, suspected stroke or choking incident will now have the benefit of a local CFR team who will be alerted by the National Ambulance Service to respond to the scene while an ambulance crew are en route.
Local businesses and societies of Ardara were thanked for their support and efforts in fundraising for 4 defibrillators for the town, which are available for use by trained personnel at the GAA clubhouse, Kelly's Chemist on the Diamond, the rear of St. Shanaghan House and Cronnog Bui National School on Lochros Point. The responding CFR group will also hold the 4th defib.
CLAR funding has been awarded from the Department of Rural and Community Development which will provide all six National Schools will have their own accessible defibrillator serving the school and local communities as well as providing training equipment.
Ardara CFR said this was a fantastic example of community activation and rural communities having to do things differently where a need was identified and instead of moaning about the lack of service the community got motivated, organised and trained to meet that need.
Particular thanks were given to Kevin Gifford and Kevin Maguire the 2 local instructors for training over 50 people and supporting the ongoing development of the volunteers and this vital service to the people of Ardara.
*Source: Donegal Democrat
Photo: (Shirley Baskin Morris presents the Alert phone to CFR Volunteer Catherine McNelis)