Garda Ombudsman notified of serious crash on Kildare N7

GSOC – The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission has confirmed that it has been notified of a serious collision on the N7 in County Kildare.

The crash, involving two of vehicles occurred at around 3.30pm on the northbound land of the N7 at Johnstown, Co. Kildare.

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Eye Witness photo to Emergency Times

AA Roadwatch is reporting extensive tailbacks on the road. Emergency services from counties Kildare and Dublin are at the scene.

A collision has also just occured on the southbound route of the N7 at Johnstown.

GSOC confirmed to Kildare’s local radio station KFM that it has been informed of the incident and investigators are examining the scene.

It’s not yet known how many people are injured in the collision.

Gardaí are advising motorists to take care on the roads.

Twenty rescuers involved in separate incidents in Kerry

Two separate incidents are ongoing on Carrantoohil, Co. Kerry involving twenty members of the Kerry Mountain Rescue Team.

The alarm was raised at 2.30pm this afternoon when one man got into difficulty at the summit of the mountain. Meanwhile there were two people stuck halfway between the summit of Carrauntoohil and the top of the Devil’s Ladder.

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Photo: Kerry Mountain Rescue Team

Kerry Mountain Rescue Team (KMRT) have reached both incidents but conditions are described as very challenging.

Two teams are making the decent now and the affected parties are described as extremely cold.

KMRT says that there is close to zero visibility on the mountain and that snow is waste deep in places and only suited to climbers who can operate in such conditions.


Search and Rescue helicopter named after the late Capt Dara Fitzpatrick

A UK based Search & Rescue Helicopter contractor has made a special tribute to its latest helicopter, a Westland Sea King HAS.5 by naming it ‘Dara’, after Captain Dara Fitzpatrick who died in the Rescue116 sea tragedy in March of this year.

Heli Operations, who are operators of military helicopters to the United Kingdom and provide aircrew, equipment and training to military, civilian and coastguard operators around the world are based in Portland, Dorset.

The helicopter, codenamed ZA116 will bear the name Dara on it and the tribute to the late captain has the full support of the Fitzpatrick family.

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The Late Captain Dara Fitzpatrick

In a statement, Heli-operations said, ‘we have a long working relationship with the Irish Coast Guard and many of our crews worked with Capt Dara Fitzpatrick.’

The Irish Coast Guards’ Sikorsky S-92 Rescue 116 SAR helicopter crashed in the early hours of 14th March last at Black Rock, off the Mayo Coast.

The crew on board were Capt Dara Fitzpatrick, Capt Mark Duffy, Winchman Ciarán Smith and Winch Operator Paul Ormsby.

The bodies of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick and Captain Mark Duffy were recovered, however, the remaining bodies of Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby have not since been recovered.

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Fatal Fire in Meath: 1 person dead, 2 others injured

One man has died, another man and a woman were injured following a fire at a house in County Meath this morning.

The fire was reported at about 8.15am. Emergency services attended the scene of the fire at a house on Archdeaconry Glebe, Kells, Co. Meath.

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File Photo: (Pic: Declan Keogh / Emergency Times)

Two men and a woman, all aged in their 40’s were taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Navan following the fire where one of the men was pronounced dead.

The other two people remain in hospital, however gardaí have said they are understood not to be seriously injured.

A Garda Technical team is at the scene and the house remains sealed off and enquiries are ongoing.

Order of Malta launch CFR scheme in Athy

The Order of Mala in Athy, Co. Kildare officially launched a local Community First Responder scheme at a special presentation last night.

Members of the new scheme were presented with their PHECC Certification by the Director of the Order of Malta Ambulance Corps, John Wright.

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Photos: (Courtesy Order of Malta Athy)

Community First Responders (CFR) has achieved proven survival rates since the start of these community life-saving schemes. After months of planning and getting the group together, members of Athy Order of Malta officially launched the CFR scheme in the South Kildare town and presented certificates to members of the new group.

The scheme will integrate within the National Ambulance Service’s first response scheme next Friday.

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First responder schemes improve the chance of survival for out of hospital cardiac arrest victims by providing key links in the chain of survival prior to the arrival of a HSE ambulance.

Ireland has one of the highest rates of bystander CPR in the world, with 84% of hospital cardiac arrest victims receiving CPR from members of the public. 20% of patients are defibrillated prior to the arrival of an ambulance.

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John Wright, Director of the Order of Malta Ambulance Corps attended the launch and presented CFR members with their PHECC certificates. Planning for the CFR scheme has been ongoing for the past number of months and local members Nigel Kelly, Officer In-Charge, Claire Kelly, Advanced Paramedic, Jenny Walsh and Kim Brophy, Emergency Medical Technicians provided training programmes ahead of the scheme’s launch.

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Photo: (Officer In-Charge Nigel Kelly, Athy Order of Malta)

Speaking at the launch in Athy last night, OMAC OiC Nigel Kelly thanksed the CFR volunteers for signing up to the scheme and he expressed his thanks to Athy local Lions Club for their support in sourcing equipment for the new scheme.

‘There has been significant and an improved survival rate as a result of the work carried out by Community First Responders. Our unit members Claire Kelly (AP), Jenny Walsh, EMT and Kim Brophy EMT have provided top-level training to the members of this CFR scheme here in Athy. I also want to thank Athy Lions Club for supporting us in getting equipment for the new scheme’ he said.

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Photo: (OMAC Director John Wright and CFR Volunteer Catherine Foley)

During the launch, Director of the Order of Malta, John Wright highlighted the success of responder schemes across Ireland and noted that Ireland is now leading the way in providing public access defibrillators.

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Pic: L-R: (Mayor of Kildare Cllr Martin Miley, Patricia Berry, Athy Town Promoters; Cllr Mark Wall, Cmdr  Jim Byrne, Kildare Civil Defence; Cllr Aoifa Breslin and Athy Community Garda Sean O’Mahoney) 

The Mayor of Kildare, Councillor Martin ‘Junior’ Miley attended the launch. He acknowledged the voluntary efforts of the Order of Malta, locally and nationally and thanked the members of the new life-saving scheme for their dedication in improving health in their community and wished them well in their endevours.

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Photo: (Athy Order of Malta members Inez, Jenny and Niall)

The Athy scheme of CFRs goes love with the National Ambulance Service on Friday next and responders will be required to respond to incidents within a 5 kilometre radius.