Ballycotton RNLI seeks new fundraising volunteers

Ballycotton RNLI is looking for new volunteer fundraisers and lifeboat crew to join its community lifesaving team in East County Cork.

The station’s volunteers make an invaluable contribution to the RNLI, be it through crewing the station’s all-weather lifeboat, fundraising or helping the station to share important safety messages.

Ballycotton RNLI is now calling on new volunteers to come forward and find out how they can get involved and help to continue to save lives. The station will be hosting an open evening at the station in Ballycotton at 7.30pm on Monday 19 February, for all interested candidates to learn more.

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Photo: (Courtesy RNLI)

Nineteen-year-old Sile Scanlon is one volunteer who joined the volunteer lifeboat crew after she herself was rescued. Sile explained: ‘A few years ago I was kayaking just off Ballycotton with three friends when the weather deteriorated and we got into difficulty. There was a big swell as a result and we were afraid that are our kayaks might capsize. We raised the alarm and made our way to the lighthouse where Ballycotton’s all-weather lifeboat came to our assistance.’

Sile is now two years on the lifeboat crew and loves being a volunteer: ‘Growing up in Ballycotton I have always had a love for the sea and with my family so involved, the RNLI has always been close to my heart. I always wanted to join the crew but when I was rescued myself, I experienced first-hand the value of the charity’s community lifesaving work. Whether a volunteer is a seagoing crew member or is on the shore helping to prepare the lifeboat for launch or fundraising to make a rescue possible, their contribution really does makes a difference. I find it is also very satisfying to give back to your community and to be part of a great team.’

Mary Creedon, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager is calling on any volunteers who may be interested to come along to the station on Tuesday, 19 February, to find out more: ‘We are looking for anyone who is willing to offer some of their free time to join what I believe to be, one of the most exhilarating and rewarding voluntary services that is out there. Every volunteer receives first class training from the RNLI and learns new skills which can benefit them in many walks of life. Lifeboat crew members need to have a reasonable level of fitness, have good eyesight and not be colour blind.

‘We are looking for a range of community lifesaving volunteers – shore crew play an essential role in the launch and recovery of the lifeboat when it goes on service and we need volunteers to help us fundraise and share our safety messages.’

Anyone who feels they have the time and commitment to volunteer for the charity which is on call 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, is asked to email

Alternatively, prospective volunteers can come along to the station’s open evening from 7.30pm on Tuesday (19 February).

National Public Health Emergency Team welcomed

National Public Health Emergency Team welcomed the publication of the CPE surveillance report at their meeting today

The National Public Health Emergency Team on Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) held their twelfth meeting today, 08th February 2018.

Items discussed included publication of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) CPE surveillance report, the latest figures from the National CPE Reference Laboratory and an update on HSE communications plans.


The National Public Health Emergency Team welcomed the publication of the HPSC CPE surveillance report on 07 February. Data showed that the number of patients with newly confirmed CPE increased to 435 in 2017 from 282 in 2016. There were 15 invasive CPE infections notified in 2017 in comparison to 14 in 2016. The number of reported CPE outbreak events was 15 in 2017 in comparison to five in 2016. The report also included data on the number of CPE screens performed by acute hospitals and quantity of meropenem dispensed. The full report is available on the HPSC website and will be published on a monthly basis going forward.

The latest figures from the National CPE Reference Laboratory were presented to the group. In the two-week period from 22nd January to 4th February 2018 a total of six new patients with CPE were detected
The HSE provided an update on their strategic communications programme of work in relation to healthcare-associated infections (HCAI) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). This includes the Under the Weather information campaign and a central repository of information for the public and healthcare workers on a dedicated section of their website

The minutes of all previous meetings and related documents are published on the dedicated webpage, hosted on the Department of Health website.

Defence Forces award for Major Drug Interdiction Operation

A ceremony to award a Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) medal and commendations to members of the Naval Service.

The awards are in relation to their actions during one of the largest drug seizures in the history of the state. The ceremony will take place at 11am on Friday 2nd February 2018, in Haulbowline Naval Base.

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Photo: (Irish Defence Forces via Twitter @defenceforces)

The Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Mr Paul Kehoe TD., accompanied by Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces ,Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM, attended the ceremony.

During the course of the ceremony Lieutenant Commander Jamie Cotter received a Distinguished Service Medal with Distinction for his actions as Boarding Officer during Operation Seabight. His actions displayed bravery, courage and devotion to duty in an extremely hazardous operational environment, leading to the arrest and detention of the yacht ‘Dances with Waves’ on the 05 November 2008.

Commander (Retired) Eugene Ryan and Lieutenant Commander Martin Brett have also received Commendations due to their actions during the operation. Commander Ryan was the Commander of Fleet Operations ashore with overall responsibility of the operation, whilst Lieutenant Commander Martin Brett, Commanding Officer of LÉ Niamh was in tactical command of the two ship task group which conducted the boarding action.

National Ambulance Service now operating Loc8 Codes for Emergency Response

Ambulance Service crews can identify locations with no postal address more efficiently

Operational Managers within the National Ambulance Services (NAS) are supporting Public Safety Location Code technology, called Loc8. Loc8 Code Ltd is a Cork based company formed by GPS, Navigation & Mapping specialists in 2009.

It ensures that First Responders are dispatched quickly and accurately to emergency sites throughout Ireland.  The technology simply requires any location to accurately identify non-postal locations on a map.

The National Ambulance Service uses the Public Safety Location Code (Loc8) technology.

Controllers at the Ambulance Service’s National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) are now trained to dispatch Emergency Ambulance Resources using the latest Public Safety Location Code (Loc8) technology.  The unique built-in error checking software enables the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system to generate a map with a precise location code.  It is this location code that assists crews to go directly to a location – first time. Whether it’s up a mountain or in the middle of an industrial site using Loc8 technology ensures the emergency site can be reached with near pinpoint accuracy.

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Pic: (NAS National Emergency Operations Centre)

Pat McCreanor, Chief Ambulance Officer at the National Ambulance Service said “We welcome any technology which assists us with patient care and helps us get to the patient quicker. The Public Safety Location Code (Loc8) will assist in getting to non-Eircode, non-postal address locations where people attend, pass-by, work or recreate.”

Location codes are being progressively added to safety signage on a range of public and private spaces such as Emergency Planning locations, Life Buoys and Assembly Points. Senior officials within Emergency Management and Health & Safety operations across all sectors are aware of the benefits of this system.

Members of the public are being urged to familiarise themselves on how to use the free and effortless location code, which will also assist with emergency situations.  Furthermore, Garmin Satnavs from 2010 onwards support Loc8 Code as an in-built feature. “The simplicity and accuracy allows the emergency services to quickly and efficiently effect a successful rescue” said Lt Cdr John FM Leech, CEO Irish Water Safety.

For temporary structures or undeveloped spaces, ranging from Public Events to Construction sites there is no scope, in a crisis, for guesswork or confusion into finding a precise location.  The Public Safety Location Code (Loc8) system is increasingly being relied upon by emergency services – It’s a matter of saving lives.

About Loc8 Code Ltd

Loc8 Code Ltd is a Cork based company formed by GPS, Navigation & Mapping specialists in 2009. It is Enterprise Ireland supported and focuses on Navigation & Geo-intelligence with particular interest in Public & Workplace safety. It has been assisted in its research, development and implementation by Garmin Inc. from the outset. The concept for Loc8 Codes was first suggested publicly in early 2006 and it evolved through research & development from then up to July 2010 when Loc8 Codes were formally launched in the Science Gallery in Trinity College, Dublin by TV presenter, writer & actor Charley Boorman.

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