Turf Club Senior Medical Officer receives presentation from Order of Malta

Order of Malta Units have presented Dr. Adrian McGoldrick, Senior Medical Officer at the Irish Turn Club with a piece of Waterford Crystal.

The presentation was made to mark Dr. McGoldrick’s retirement at the end of this year, in his role as Senior Medical Officer, where he has joined Order of Malta units from Waterford and Tramore for the past 11 years at the 4-day Tramore Races festival.

The presentation was made by OiC Clive O’ Regan, on behalf of Order of Malta units from Tramore and Waterford.

The Order of Malta have congratulated and thanked Dr. McGoldrick for all he has done in improving safety at the racecourse over the years and they extend their best wishes to him for the future.

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Photo: (Clive O’ Regan, Officer-in-Charge, Order of Malta)

Cork’s EMS event is quickly gathering pace

Learning with Leisure will be one of the main focal points of this year’s EMS Gathering in Cork, with experts from Canada, Wisconsin US and the UK as keynote speakers and instructors.

A mixture of scenarios and exercises will be staged over the 3-day event, which takes place from Tuesday 11th to Thursday 13th September in Cork City.

EMS Gathering is always current and topical, and this year, the ‘Walking Tour’ will discuss addiction, mental health and homelessness issues which can challenge EMS personnel and providers. The ‘Learning with Leisure’ approach ensures there is something to suit everyone’s taste.

Expert exponents will go through the pre-hospital use of POCUS and in the workshops, the National Ambulance Service will join Cork Fire Brigade with ATACC educators and actors to provide high fidelity simulation to facilitate a discussion around various entrapment and extrication challenges. Experiences as well as tips and tricks from participants around the world will be shared and discussed.

Another workshop is the ‘Tour de Force of Emergency Care Skills’. This workshop will give delegates the opportunity to practice skills called on rarely including cricothyroidotomy, surgical airway, Suction Assisted Laryngoscopy Airway Decontamination (SALAD), and hemorrhage control techniques with world class educators.

Crew Resource Management and Wellness at Work are also important aspects of the event.

Emergency Medical Service personnel are encouraged to strengthen and share their Crew Resource Management (CRM) skills at workshops which are facilitated by trained experts. Nobody understands or appreciates more, than the EMS, about the importance of CRM in putting order on chaos through team work and communication.

The Wellness at Work workshop teaches sensible and clever ways to mitigate the stresses of your day-to-day existence to optimize your wellness, happiness and productivity.

The EMG Gathering team have been very active and proactive over the past few weeks promoting the event and are very active on their social media platforms in doing so.

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(Ambualnce Paramedic Ger O’ Dea and Dr. Jason van der Velde)
Photo: (@EMSGathering Facebook)

Cork City Ambulance Paramedic Ger O’ Dea is one of the Facilitators for the event. He said ‘We are really looking forward to EMS Gathering 2018. We have a whole range of programmes, scenarios and workshops lined up for this year’s gathering. In 2016 we were trending number 6 in Canada and we are hoping to achieve higher this year, using the hashtag #EMSG18’.

Dr Jason van der Velde, Pre-Hospital Doctor and a facilitator for the event on Extrication and Entrapment. He saidWe are going to get teams to compete against each other, looking at extrication and entrapment from a number of angles, we are going to look at safety, skills and speed of extrication, how they come up with solutions and how extensive they are to patients and patient’s needs’.

Further updates are available on the EMG Gathering website emsgathering.ie an on their Social Media platforms where you can follow them @EMSGathering on Facebook and Twitter and use #EMSG18 when tweeting. Ambulance Paramedic Ger O’ Dea will be updating the progress in the run-up to the event with a series of short video reports.

Gardai recruiting for Facilities Manager for Western Region HQ

An Garda Síochána seeks to employ a Facilities Manager to ensure the effective functioning of the new Garda Regional and Divisional Headquarters in Galway.

The Facilities Manager responsibility is to ensure that the buildings and equipment are maintained in prime working order in accordance with the requirements and obligations under Health and Safety legislation.

Facilities management involves the management of building systems and services to meet the needs of Garda personnel and other persons who avail of the services of An Garda Síochána. The post will be based in the building itself and will be part of the Divisional Administration and Support Services hub of the Divisional Model which is being piloted in the Division.

The competition information booklet should be read carefully before applying. An Garda Síochána is committed to a policy of equal opportunity. 

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CFR goes live and funding will provide six schools with defibs in Ardara, Donegal

The Department of Rural and Community Development has approved CLAR funding to provide six schools in Ardara, Co. Donegal with defibrillators.

Locals in Ardara and surrounding areas will also benefit from a newly launched Community First Responders which went live with the National Ambulance Service in earlier this month.

Shirley Baskin-Morris, Catherine McNelis and recently qualified EMT Joanne Molloney are among the first volunteers involved with Ardara CFR. Anyone who suffers with a cardiac emergency, chest pain, suspected stroke or choking incident will now have the benefit of a local CFR team who will be alerted by the National Ambulance Service to respond to the scene while an ambulance crew are en route.

Local businesses and societies of Ardara were thanked for their support and efforts in fundraising for 4 defibrillators for the town, which are available for use by trained personnel at the GAA clubhouse, Kelly’s Chemist on the Diamond, the rear of St. Shanaghan House and Cronnog Bui National School on Lochros Point. The responding CFR group will also hold the 4th defib.

CLAR funding has been awarded from the Department of Rural and Community Development which will provide all six National Schools will have their own accessible defibrillator serving the school and local communities as well as providing training equipment.

Ardara CFR said this was a fantastic example of community activation and rural communities having to do things differently where a need was identified and instead of moaning about the lack of service the community got motivated, organised and trained to meet that need.

Particular thanks were given to Kevin Gifford and Kevin Maguire the 2 local instructors for training over 50 people and supporting the ongoing development of the volunteers and this vital service to the people of Ardara.

*Source: Donegal Democrat

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Photo: (Shirley Baskin Morris presents the Alert phone to CFR Volunteer Catherine McNelis)

Special medal commissioned for National Services Day

In preparation of Ireland’s first National Services Day, a special medal has been commissioned for the occasion.

National Services Day takes place on 1st September and acknowledges and celebrates the works and commitments of the frontline emergency, voluntary services and defence forces. Many events among the various services are being planned throughout the country.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD approved the national commemoration day and his official statement has been printed onto commemoration  cards, with the official  Irish Harp logo.

FESSEF, the services day committee have produced the medal and those interested in receiving one are asked to make contact with their agency supervisors or representatives.

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