Local firefighters save man’s life following cardiac arrest

Date Published : July 7th, 2016    Published By : admin

A man who collapsed on the street in Hacketstown, Co. Carlow today has local firefighters, Cardiac First Responders and Ambulance personnel to thank for saving his life.

A local firefighter in the town witnessed a man collapsing on the street on the Tineahely road where he became unresponsive. The firefighter called for assistance immediately before attending to the patient with CFR life-saving skills. The firefighters revived the patient with the aid of a defibrillator, where he was kept stable until an ambulance arrived.

The HSE National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) in Tallaght, which deals with emergency ambulance calls mobilised a Rapid Response Vehicle from Carlow Town and ambulance crews from Athy, Co. Kildare and  Kilkenny to the call with Paramedics and Advanced Paramedics responding.

Firefighters based in Hacketstown who were on the scene within minutes resuscitated the patient before handing over to ambulance personnel when they arrived, for further treatment.

Photo: (Members of the emergency services after the man was taken to hospital)

The NEOC also deployed the Irish Air Corps 112 helicopter from Athlone, Co. Westmeath to the scene. The man was treated at the scene and airlifted to the cardiac centre at St. James CAT Lab. The patient is said to be recovery well, as of this evening.

The early intervention of local firefighters, cardiac first responders, trained personnel and the interagency cooperation at this incident proved vital to the survival of this man’s life.

Well Done to everyone involved.

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