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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.