St. John Ambulance team commended for saving mans life

The St. John Ambulance Service has been commended for their quick intervention when a member of the public collapsed at an event in North Dublin yesterday. Many members from various divisions have been working long shifts since Friday between the T20 qualifiers and the Ed Sheeran concerts in Croke Park and yesterday morning while covering a duty in North Dublin, the Raheny Division got more than they bargained for when they were covering what was expected to be a quiet duty.

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When the person collapsed, they were successfully resuscitated by the duty medical team of St. John Ambulance who immediately started CPR and applied the AED. After one shock and two cycles of CPR, the patient was revived and then monitored until the Dublin Fire Brigade ambulance arrived. The patient was then taken to hospital for recovery.

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Photo: @stjohnie  (St. John Ambulance teams on duty at Ed Sheeran Concert)

The early access to a defibrillator and trained personnel is a major factor in survival of cardiac arrest and the members involved, Jamie, Sean and Tara have been commended by the St. John Ambualnce Service and other services. Well done to all our personnel involved!

Emergency Services save man’s life following Athy Canal Collision

Emergency Services from counties Kildare, Laois and Wicklow responded to an incident in Athy, Co. Kildare last night after emergency calls reported that a car had entered the canal with ‘unknown numbers on board’. Fire and Ambulance personnel saved a man from drowning after the car in which he was travelling in plunged into the canal at Cardington, just outside Athy.

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The incident happened just before 10.30pm last night when a car travelling on the Stradbally to Athy road crashed through a barrier at the bridge and plunged into the canal.

Two Units of Kildare Fire Service from Athy and Monasterevin and the Stradbally unit from Laois County Fire Service were alerted to the incident by the Eastern Regional Control Centre in Townsend Street, Dublin while three Ambulances and Advanced Paramedics from the HSE National Ambulance Service were mobilised from Athy, Portlaoise and Baltinglass by the Ambulance Service’s National Emergency Operations Centre in Tallaght.

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(Distant Scene of last nights incident)

It’s understood initial reports relayed to the emergency services was that there ‘unknown’ numbers’ of people in the car at the time of the crash. The National Emergency Operations Centre confirmed to Emergency Times this afternoon that they received a report of ‘a car entering the canal in Athy with unknown numbers on board’.

Athy Fire Service was first at the scene within minutes of being alerted and worked quickly to rescue the man. They managed to bring him to dry-land where awaiting ambulance paramedics worked alongside fire fighters to save the casualty. In a statement to Emergency Times, the NEOC said ‘Our crews working with the Fire and Rescue services and the Gardai recovered one patient. Our Paramedics and Advanced Paramedics continued care on scene and en route to hospital’.

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As other fire and ambulance crews arrived at the scene, fire fighters trained in Swift Water Rescue re-entered the canal in search of any other persons reported to have been in the car at the time. Thankfully however, after a considerable and wide-area search by the Kildare and Laois fire services, there were no more persons located in the submerged car or the water.

Athy Station Officer Ben Woodhouse praised the work of the fire and ambulance personnel. Speaking to Emergency Times SO Woodhouse said ‘It’s very rare that the outcome is good in these  type of calls, but thankfully on this occasion, it has been so far. Our firefighters managed to rescue a man from a car submerged in water in very difficult conditions. This is what they work to, and it shows their professionalism at every level and both the fire and ambulance paramedics at the scene last night are to be commended’ he said.

Locals in the town have praised both the fire and ambulance service personnel for their prompt action and in searching the canal for any other persons believed to be under water.

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The road remained closed this afternoon as Gardai carry out a technical examination of the road. Gardai in Kildare are investigating. The man, believed to be in his 40’s is recovering in Portlaoise Hospital.

Man dies in Waterford Aircraft crash

A man has been killed following an crash involving a light aircraft in Co Waterford this evening.

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The aircraft crashed in a field between Dungarvan and Stradbally at around 6.45pm in an area known as Garranbane. The light aircraft came down at the brow of a hill, near Clonea beach. Local reports suggest the pilot may have been heading towards the beach in an attempt to land there.

It is understood the plane caught fire on impact with the ground. The pilot was the sole occupant of the aircraft. His body was removed to University Hospital Waterford for a post-mortem examination.

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Waterford Regional Airport said the plane, a single-engine light aircraft was privately owned, and it took off from Waterford Airport at 6.35pm. His last known communication was to Shannon Air Traffic Control.

The victim was due to take part in tomorrows Air Show in Foynes, Co. Limerick. The event will go ahead at the request of the family. RIP.

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Baby Boom as Ambulance Paramedics introduce three new people to the world

Ambulance Paramedics from the HSE National Ambulance Service in Swords and a fire crew from Dublin Fire Brigade assisted with the delivery of a new born baby in North Dublin in the early hours of Monday morning last. The Swords unit also assisted with the birth of a second baby in the early hours of Wednesday morning while en route to the Maternity Hospital in Dublin.

Meanwhile, the Clonakilty Ambulance crew in County Cork assisted with the delivery of a new born baby just outside Bandon in the early hours of Thursday morning. Mothers, babes (and paramedics) all doing well!. Congratulations to all involved.

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Photo: (Courtesy Brendan Gilligan)

Defence Minister names Irish Navy’s 3rd new ship

The Minister for Defence, Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D., has announced that the 3rd new ship for the Naval Service is to be called LÉ William Butler Yeats. The ship is scheduled for delivery in July 2016 and will be the same build as LÉ Samuel Beckett delivered in 2014 and LÉ James Joyce, which arrived in the Naval Base, Haulbowline last Friday.

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Minister Coveney said that the naming of the ship after William Butler Yeats, a world renowned Irish poet, literary figure and Nobel Laureate,” will continue to facilitate greater recognition of our Naval Service ships when visiting foreign ports and set a tone domestically reflecting a more modern Ireland and Irish Naval Service”.

The Minister added that” it is very appropriate to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of W.B. Yeats by making this announcement today in Lissadell House. The naming continues a strong link between W.B. Yeats and Irish Naval Service as the first foreign mission by an Irish Naval Service ship, LÉ Macha, in 1948 was to repatriate the poet’s remains to Ireland following his passing in France.”

The ship will be formally named and commissioned in Ireland after its delivery to Ireland next year.
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Ninety Seven Students Gradualte from Garda College

Seventeen Garda Reserves were attested and graduated from the Garda College, Templemore, Co. Tipperary on Thursday 23rd July. Probationary Student Gardai also passed out to begin the next stage as part of their overall training. The students Gardai were addressed by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan.

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The Scott Medals for bravery were presented by the Garda Commissioner. The Commissioner’s Prize Medal which is awarded to the Student achieving the highest aggregate marks in academic subjects and the Gary Sheehan Memorial Medal  which is awarded to the best all-round student were also awarded by Commissioner O’Sullivan.

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In total, 97 students graduated from the Garda College

Photos: (Courtesy Garda Press Office)

Limerick’s ‘FireSwift’ launched to River Rescue

Limerick City Fire & Rescue Service and the HSE National Ambulance Service attended to a River Rescue incident on the River Shannon last night when a woman threatened to jump into the river.

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The incident occurred at approximately 9.15pm following reports that a female, aged mid 30’s, was threatening to enter the water at O’Callaghan Strand, Limerick. Volunteer crews from the Corbett Suicide Prevention Patrol which patrols the river at night in an effort to prevent people taking their own lives also made initial contact with the woman and aided in the rescue operation.

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Limerick City Fire & Rescue Service launched its new ‘FireSwift’ rescue boat within 3 minutes of being alerted. The swift water rescue crew made contact with the woman on the quayside and the woman was treated at the scene by paramedics from the HSE National Ambulance Service before being transferred to University Hospital Limerick where her she is believed to be in a distressed but stable condition.

Police team up with Search & Rescue experts for Missing persons Investigations

West Midlands Police has teamed up with some of the region’s most experienced Search & Rescue specialists to bolster its missing people investigations. The force has struck an agreement with four specialist volunteer groups: Search & Rescue in Staffordshire, Leicestershire, Severn and Central to offer expert support when officers are called to search open land.

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The agreement gives police teams access to around 150 highly-trained individuals in scouring large expanses of countryside, hills and water, who can be scrambled to scenes within an hour.

Chief Inspector Nick Rowe from West Midlands Police’s Operations Support Unit (OSU) said the agreement is a major boost to the force’s search capability: “These groups are highly skilled in looking for lost walkers or mountaineers; we don’t have too many mountains in the West Midlands but we still have large swathes of open land in Solihull, north Birmingham and border areas like the Clent Hills. And they are trained to search confined spaces like quarries or caves which feature heavily across the old mining regions on the Western side of the force. The volunteers bring with them assets like search dogs, 4×4 vehicles and boats. They are better placed to search open land and water than our front-line officers… this deal gives us more resilience to keep officers out on the streets and policing our communities.”

West Midlands Police has been working towards a formal arrangement with the volunteer groups having seen the vital support role Search & Rescue played in the hunt for missing girl April Jones in Wales in October 2012.

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Andy Spry from Leicestershire Search & Rescue, said: “We’re very pleased to have been invited to take part in this collaboration…it’s a great opportunity to all work together and showcase the fantastic work we do. We have helped West Midlands Police before with challenging searches, the first time being on New Year’s Eve 2013 around Queslett Nature Reserve looking for a vulnerable pensioner who’d gone missing from her Great Barr home. The formal agreement means we can provide a more coordinated response…we will focus on search requests in Solihull, Coventry and east Birmingham and we would aim to have teams on the ground within 90 minutes after the callout.”

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Last year, volunteers attached to Staffordshire Search & Rescue collectively dedicated 2,069 hours helping in police searches during 2014. Rachel Good  said “We are delighted to be working more closely with West Midlands Police. We are trained specifically to search for vulnerable children and adults in both urban and rural areas. Each year our specialists train for over 8,000 hours, developing life-saving skills in search techniques, water and flood rescue, casualty care, search planning, crime scene preservation, and understanding missing person behaviour. We are on-call day and night to assist emergency services and bring missing people to safety.”


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New initiative sees fire crews help Ambulance paramedics gain access to properties

A new initiative undertaken by Surrey Fire and Rescue Service is proving to be a success. Surrey fire-fighters are stepping in to help ambulance crews gain quick access to the homes of patients who are critically ill and unable to open their doors to paramedics.

They have taken on a new role some weeks ago of gaining entry to locked properties in medical emergencies to help the ambulance service save even more lives. Police have traditionally been called on to force entry to homes on behalf of paramedics who lack the equipment and expertise to carry out the task themselves.

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But now Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has become mainly responsible for gaining entry as part of a new initiative aimed at making the best possible use of available emergency service resources. The project involves fire, police and ambulance services in Surrey working more closely together in the best interests of the communities they serve.

Firefighters are already well-trained in gaining access to properties in an emergency and carry equipment on their vehicles to enable them to do so. They also carry defibrillators and have received enhanced first aid training to help ensure that casualties at the scene of fires or road accidents are treated as quickly as possible. It means that in some medical emergencies where they have been called on to gain entry, they may be able to begin administering care even before ambulance crews arrive, further improving service to the public.

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If a patient needs to go to hospital, fire fighters will stay at their home until it is secure. But fire crews’ expertise in gaining entry and the equipment they carry mean they often cause less damage to property than previously. The initiative is allowing the police to focus on other priorities, while arrangements are in place to ensure that fire service cover is maintained across the county.

Lynne Owens, the Chief Constable of Surrey Police, said: ‘Last year, I was on response duty and attended a “concern for an individual’s safety” call following a request from the South East Coast Ambulance Service. ‘The intention was for police officers to assist with gaining entry to the home of the person needing medical assistance. I immediately thought that this type of call could be dealt with by other blue light partners who are better placed to respond.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has the legal ability to force an entry to a premises and their staff are well-trained in doing so. Many of the calls that need responding to involve life-threatening incidents and time saved by this initiative could make a huge difference to patients. An additional benefit for the public is that fewer properties have had to be boarded up as a result of the forced entry, which saves the taxpayer money’ she said.

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Since Surrey Fire and Rescue Service took on prime responsibility for forcing entry on behalf of the South East Coast Ambulance Service, it has responded to two calls a day on average. Russell Pearson, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, said: ‘We have always been able to undertake this role but are delighted to do so on a more regular basis. It allows us to provide timely assistance to those in need within the community and support our blue light colleagues, which is beneficial to all. Furthermore, arrangements are in place to ensure that we continue to respond effectively to other incidents affecting life or property when they arise.’

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Mark Bailey, Senior Operations Manager for the South East Coast Ambulance Service, said: ‘We are delighted to be working even more closely with our blue light colleagues. This initiative means ambulance crews will often receive much quicker access to patients due to the speed that fire service resources arrive at the scene. Our crew can focus on the patient while fire crews arrange the security of the property, which reassures patients that their property is being looked after if they are taken to hospital.’

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Limerick Garda Station flies the flag for Gay Pride

LIMERICK Gardai are once again showing their support to the Limerick Pride Festival and everyone in the LGBT community, as they fly the Pride flag over the City’s Garda Headquarters on Henry Street to coincide with this year’s Limerick Gay Pride which took place this afternoon. Last year, Henry Street Garda Station became the first station in Ireland to fly the Pride flag.

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Photo: Garda Sinéad Galvin, Killian Fitzgerald, PRO Limerick Pride 2015, Richard Lynch,, Chief Superintendent Dave Sheahan, Lisa Daly, Chairperson Limerick Pride 2015 and Garda Cara Leahy (Pic: Frances Fitzgerald – ILoveLimerick)

Chief Superintendent David Sheahan of the Henry Street Garda station said: “What we are trying to achieve is to create awareness and to show our support for the LGBT community with flying the flag. We’re trying to get the message out there that everyone deserves to be treated with respect. Luckily there is a lot more tolerance today than in the past. Every parade we’ve looked over so far has been jovial, a bit of fun and resonates with people in the community. We’re only happy to be able to support the LGBT community in Limerick.”

Those organising this year’s festival are thrilled to once again have the support of the Henry Street station, hoping that their accepting behaviour will pave the way for many more Garda stations to in turn show their support with future Pride festivals throughout the country. Richard Lynch of ‘ILoveLimerick’ said “ I felt it was important to fly the flag at the Garda station again this year in the hope of making it an annual show of support and solidarity between the Garda, the LGBT community and the people of Limerick. It’s symbolic of a new equal Ireland, one where love is proud and flying free, like the flag itself.” he said.

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In addition to offering support, Gardaí have provided a number of community officers to those who are part of the LGBT community. Gardaí are also promoting safety and are encouraging people to report any homophobic or potentially homophobic behaviour and incidents during the parade and afterwards.

Homophobic acts cannot be addressed if the Garda Síochána are not made aware and members of the public are asked to come forward with any such issues. Speaking about this responsibility of the public, David Sheahan said: “We are trying to give people confidence to come forward if members of the community are suffering from abuse, violence or threatening behaviour. We want people in the community to know that we have a listening ear. We are prepared to listen and we are prepared to deal with every issue that may come our way.”

An Garda has been appointed as the LGBT liaison officer and is available at