CFR group devestated after AED Unit stolen in Clontarf

Gardaí are investigating the circumstances surrounding the removing of a Public AED Unit from outside a Café at the Wooden Bridge in Contarf, Co. Dublin.

Raheny Community First Responders noticed the unit was missing while carrying out their routine checks.

The AED unit was launched in November 2017 and this is the second such incident where a Public AED unit was stolen.

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AED Launched in Nov 2017. Photo: (Raheny Community First Responders)

In a statement, Raheny CFR said ‘We are shocked that people thinks its acceptable to take these life-saving pieces of equipment (which) the communities and companies have supported heavily with fundraising for these AED’s. We are devastated that this is the second AED unit that has been stolen”.

Raheny Community First Responders work in their communities promoting the use of the Public AED’s. When somebody removes or steals an AED they are practically stealing a life.

Anyone with any information into the whereabouts of the Public AED is asked to contact Clontarf Garda Station on 01-666 4800.

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The cogs which kept the wheels turning for the Ring of Kerry

The Cork & Kerry Region has a very hands-on approach in Emergency Management Co-Ordination and an event such as the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle brings its own particular challenges for the huge numbers of volunteers and participants covering a large geographical area, which can be demanding on resources.

Now in its 35th year, the 175 km Ring of Kerry cycle has raised over €15m for 150 charities, supported by 1400 volunteers on the route. The events medical cover is a huge undertaking for the Voluntary Emergency Services who invest so much time every year into planning in the run up to the event.

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Kerry Civil Defence were the lead voluntary agency, and worked along side An Garda Síochána and the National Ambulance Service for their involvement in the event.

Twenty-five response resources from the Civil Defence, Order of Malta, Irish Red Cross and the Irish Community Rapid Response were spread across the route with 3 fully operational medical centres established in Killarney, Caherciveen and Kenmare towns. Crews were made up of volunteers from various services from Galway, Tipperary, Laois, Cork North, Cork West and Cork South who assisted services in Kerry.

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The Order of Malta (OMAC) managed the Killarney medical centre, while Caheriveen was managed by the Civil Defence (CD) and Kenmare by the Irish Red Cross (IRC).  

In addition to the medical centres, there were also 12 static First Aid posts around the Ring with volunteers from the various charities who will benefit from the monies raised by the charity cycle. A team of six Cycle Responders from Kerry Civil Defence were also in duty for the event.

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(Kerry Civil Defence Officer Tom Brosnan with Cycle Responders Team)

Communication and Interoperability

A Communications Control Room was set-up by Kerry Civil Defence in the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney. This was managed by a Chief Medical Communications Controller Paul Baynham and the control room was staffed by a Supervisor, 2 Dispatchers and a call-taker at all times.

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(L-R: 2nd Officer Seán Horgan, Controller & Drone Operator, Kerry CD, Cmdr Paul Baynham, Kerry CD, Shaun O’Hagan, Controller, Ballinaslow CD)

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The on-site Communication Unit from Laois Civil Defence was also brought in for the event. This was managed by Commander Fergal Conroy and 1st Officer Damian Dollard, with additional controllers. The Laois control unit was operational from 5am to 8pm and ambulance crews met at the control unit where they were briefed in the morning of the event.

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(1st Officer Damian Dollard and Commander Fergal Conroy, Laois Civil Defence)

Given the size of this event and the ground being covered, communication is a vital cog in the operational wheel of the Ring of Kerry Cycle. TETRA Ireland ensured that all organisations, both Principal and Voluntary, were provided with the assistance and support throughout the day and ensured that each group were able to communicate to each other on the TETRA 1-Talk group system.

Interagency Co-operation

Speaking to EmergencyTimes.ie tonight, Chief Medical Communications Controller Paul Bayhnam told Declan Keogh “The Interagency Co-operation between all organisations is truly remarkable. I would like to extend our thanks on behalf of Kerry Civil Defence, to the Volunteer Doctors, Nurses and first aiders along the route, members from IRC & OMAC and to our own volunteers”.

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(Chief Medical Communications Controller, Cmdr. Paul Baynham and left, 2nd Officer Seán Horgan, Controller)

An Garda Síochána are usually the lead authority at major events, and while Principal Response Agencies (PRA) and Voluntary Emergency Services (VES) work hand-in-hand at large scale events such as this, together, their knowledge, experience and individual capabilities are relied on by one another.

Garda Brendan Donovan, Killarney Garda Station was the liaison between the control room and Garda Units and this also ensured that any priority information, alerts or assistance was managed accordingly. During the event, two missing children were located by one of the voluntary ambulance crews.

Safety Planning and Resource Management

The Southern Region has a very hands-on relationship in Cork & Kerry for Emergency Management and an event such as the Ring of Kerry Cycle brings its own particular challenges for the huge numbers of volunteers and participants covering a large geographical area, which can be demanding on resources.

Sergeant Peter Murphy, Emergency Response Co-Ordinator in the Southern Region told Emergency Times “Developing a culture of interagency cooperation has been a key objective for Regional South Emergency Management. Obvious areas of common application are communications, safety planning and resource management. Other less obvious areas of mutual benefit are the information management system, logistical support and resource resilience training”.

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(Garda Sergeant Peter Murphy, Southern Region Major Emergency Co-Ordinator)

Sergeant Murphy says experience and knowledge among the services are key. “The PRA’s (Gardaí, Fire & Ambulance Services) rely heavily on the support and participation of the VES (Civil Defence, Irish Red Cross, Order of Malta, Coast Guard, RNLI etc) and these volunteers provide a very professional service and have built-up a huge amount of knowledge and experience over the years and this is key to a successful operation or rescue”.

Kerry Civil Defence Cycle Ring
(Photos: Courtesy Kerry Civil Defence)

Paul Baynham, Chief Medical Communications Controller, Kerry Civil Defence said TETRA has replaced an antiquated system. “The event is a credit to each of the volunteers that gave up their weekend and we should be all so proud of our involvement in the event. When we first introduced TETRA Communications it was a massive undertaking and it replaced an antiquated system. Now, six-years on, and all of the VES were able to communicate with ease and in such a professional manner. I’m extremely proud of what we have achieved in Kerry” he said.

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Turkey train derailment leaves dozens dead

Dozens of people have died, and many others seriously injured after a train derailed in northwest Turkey, near the Greek border this afternoon.

The train was traveling from Uzunkopru, Edirne province to Istanbul when it derailed near Sarilar village of Tekirdag’s Corlu district.

State news agency Anadolu said five wagons came off the tracks. The train was carrying more than 300 passengers and was headed to Istanbul. Local news channel CNN Turk said the accident may have been caused by a collapsed bridge.

Emergency and rescue teams are at the scene.

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Medical emergency sparks rescue operation in Littlehampton, Sussex

An Air and Sea Rescue operation has been launched after a vessel carrying divers called ‘mayday’.

The charter vessel ‘Final Answer’ is approximately 8 miles out at sea from Littlehampton in West Sussex.

The ‘mayday’ called was made at 3.20pm following a medical emergency when the vessel reported to the Coast Guard that an on-board diver was suffering from decompression sickness and required urgent medical attention.

An RNLI lifeboat from Littlehampton has been launched and the rescue helicopter 175 has been scrambled from it’s base in Lee on the Solent.

Emergency Times understands that the helicopter paramedic has been winched aboard the vessel to recover the sick diver and it’s the helicopter’s intention to fly the sick person to a decompression chamber after they have missed two stops on their return to the surface following a dive with others.

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Photo: (Littlehampton RNLI Facebook Page)

‘Well-rehearsed’ contingency plans in place in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service experienced a significant increase in operational activity in the past week due to the exceptional hot weather and large number of gorse fires.

Early in the week, the fire service dealt with 676 gorse fires while the number of incidents rose by 8%. By Midweek, the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) saw a 34% increase in calls, making it one of the busiest days for the service.

Northern Ireland’s Regional Fire Control Centre dealt with almost 3,000 calls.  There was a 45% increase in calls received on Wednesday 4th July, compared to Wednesday 27th, the previous week. NIFRS Control Centre mobilised crews to 1,456 incidents.

NIFRS’s Assistant Chief Fire & Rescue Officer, Alan Walmsley said ‘contingency arrangements are currently in place to monitor and maintain emergency cover across Northern Ireland’. “All necessary operational personnel from across the organisation are available to deal with the demands of the current conditions.  We have additional appliances and crews on standby for deployment as and when required. Our well-rehearsed contingency arrangements are currently in place with our Command Room operational in order to monitor and maintain emergency cover across Northern Ireland.”

ACFRO Walmsley thanked firefighters who have worked under intense heat and extremely hazardous and challenging conditions to bring the recent gorse fires under control and he also thanked personnel and support staff in the Regional Control Centre who have also played a critical role in ensuring the effective utilisation of resources.

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Photo: (Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service)

Retained firefighters are ‘on-call’ and respond to incidents when they are alerted. ACFRO Walmsley acknowledged and thanked employers of Retained Firefighters who release staff to enable them to respond to calls. “Our Retained Firefighters have responded to a higher number of calls over the period.  We are grateful to the many employers of Retained Firefighters across Northern Ireland who have released staff to enable them to play their vital role in protecting communities – your co-operation is a critical factor in our ability to keep people safe.”

“Whilst we have put contingency measures in place we are appealing to the public to help support us to reduce the number of fires and related incidents. Under the current hot weather conditions gorse fires can rapidly spread and can be difficult to extinguish due to their often-remote location. Gorse fires can pose a serious risk to life, property and the environment, as well as placing extra strain on NIFRS resources” he said.

Communities are being urged to remain vigilant when in the countryside and they are advised not to discard cigarettes or leave rubbish lying around. People are asked not to leave glass bottles on the ground and ensure barbecues are properly extinguished. If a person sees a fire, they should report it immediately to the Fire & Rescue Service. NIFRS said people must not attempt to tackle fires and to leave the area as soon as possible. If anyone has any information in relation to fire setting, they are urged to contact the PSNI.

NIFRS Gorse Fire advice

Additional advice and guidelines from Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service:

  • Do not make deliberate hoax calls – hoax calls put additional pressure on our Regional Control Centre personnel who answer 999 calls and mobilise fire crews and appliances. Not only is it a waste of resources but it means that the closest fire appliance may not be available in the event of a real emergency. It could be someone from your family or one of your friends who need the help of Firefighters in a real emergency. Remember that calls from landlines and mobile phones are easily traceable and the person who owns the phone can be held responsible. NIFRS reports hoax callers to PSNI.
  • Do not tamper with fire hydrants – they are a main source of high pressure water which we use to supplement our own water supplies. Tampering with or vandalising fire hydrants reduces water pressure and may impact on our ability to respond to a fire.
  • We encourage business owners to ensure that automatic fire alarms are maintained, checked and serviced regularly to reduce the number of unwanted fire signals and prevent an additional strain on our resources.
  • Mirrors, glass ornaments and other items that reflect light can potentially start fires in the home – please ensure that they are kept away from windows and out of direct sunlight.
  • Our number one priority is to keep the public and Firefighters safe whilst we deal with these challenging conditions.

Here’s one thing that ‘won’t be coming home’

London Metropolitan Police are investigating an incident in which a vehicle of the London Ambulance Service Joint Response Unit was damaged and taken ‘off the run’ tonight, when a hooligan jumped on the response car causing damage.

Criminal damage was caused to the car by a male in the High Street area of Southwark, London Borough SE1.

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Pic Source: (@999London and prepared by @emergencytimes)

The incident occurred after the England V Sweden football game in the World Cup.

The man was seen jumping up and down on the bonnet and windscreen of the emergency vehicle, which is used by dedicated Clinicians working in collaboration with the Metropolitan Police in London, providing a more efficient service to the people of London.

There is a heavy police presence in the area as Police and other services deal with large crowd control and anti-social behaviour issues.

Air Corps helicopters continue assisting firefighters in Laois & Offaly

The Defence Forces are assisting Fire Authorities in Offaly and Laois for the third day fighting a large fire in the Slieve Bloom Mountains.

Two Air Corps helicopters have been deployed to assist Offaly Fire & Rescue Service and Laois Fire & Rescue Service with firefighting operations and over the course of the three days they have dropped over 100,000 litres of water in assisting the local fire services. There were also 75 troops deployed on the ground to assist last Thursday drawn from barracks in Athlone and Kilkenny.

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Photo: (Offaly Fire & Rescue Service Facebook)

This is the eighth consecutive day the Defence Forces have deployed assets in a bid to stop the spread of wildfires in remote regions. Following requests from the civil authorities, the Air Corps has responded to requests in Dublin, Wicklow, Limerick, Cork, Tipperary and Offaly and has dropped over 400,000 litres of water using specialised equipment.

Agusta Westland AW139 helicopters have been utilised as they can be equipped with a ‘Bambi’ bucket aerial firefighting system capable of dropping 1,200 litres of water per pass. This amount of water, concentrated in a small areas, makes an immediate impact on wildfires.

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Photo: (Courtesy: Irish Defence Forces Press Office)

The Air Corps have also provided a Eurocopter EC135 as a command and control platform and a CASA CN235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft, which is equipped with power sensors and radar, to identify other areas affected throughout Ireland.

Operations are ongoing and the Defence Forces are prepared to continue firefighting operations in support of our communities.

Gardaí investigate fatal fire in West Cork

A man has died following a house fire in Cork.

The fire broke out at around 12.45am at a house on High Street, in the village of Drimoleague in West Cork. A 59-year-old man was found in the house by emergency services. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post mortem will be carried out on the body later today.

Gardaí in Bantry are investigating the incident.

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File Photo: (Declan Keogh / Emergency Times)

Paramedics to be issued with ‘police style’ body cameras

Almost 500 ambulances and their paramedics are to be equipped with police-style body cameras, in an effort to reduce violent attacks on the ambulance paramedics.

The announcement was made by NHS Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt ahead of the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service (NHS).

15% of NHS workers have suffered physical violence from patients or their families in the past 12 months. There have been 354 prosecutions in cases involving attacks on ambulance staff, however, that number is believed to be a fraction of the actual number of incidents.

The body-cams have already been rolled out within the police force. The new body-cams which will be issued to 465 ambulances and paramedics will improve staff safety and welfare.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said “Staff are under huge pressure and have never worked harder. Nobody should feel unsafe at work – abuse against healthcare workers goes against everything the NHS stands for.

“Whilst the buck must stop with abusers, we want to do everything we can to prevent physical and verbal abuse. Issuing paramedics with body cameras will help protect them and increase prosecutions” he said.

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