Carlow Order of Malta team qualify for Cape Town competitions

Date Published : April 23rd, 2018    Published By : admin

The members of Order of Malta in Carlow are celebrating following their achievements at the Rescue Organisation Ireland competitions in Tipperary over the weekend.

The team won three awards in the Trauma category, including being voted 2nd place in overall national best team.

Carlow Order of Malta also made their mark within the voluntary ambulance service nationally, as they were the first OMAC team to represent the organisation at this international event.

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Carlow Order of Malta Team: Back L-R: Ro Boyle and Ben Miller, Front L-R: Sgt JOhn Lally, Sgt Terry Kerschbaum and Ashling Hutton
(Photo: Declan Keogh / Emergency Times)

The OMAC Carlow team were Sergeant John Lally, Ro Boyle, Ashling Hutton and Ben Miller. Sergeant Terry Kerschbaum was also at the awards ceremony. They won Best Complex Scenario, Best Voluntary Team and they also came 2nd place in Overall Best National Team.

One of the teams, Sergeant John Lally and his team partner Ro Boyle are now eligible to travel to Cape Town, South Africa to represent Ireland in the international Rescue competitions.

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L-R: ROI Chair Pádraig O’ Longáigh, Sgt John Lally, Tipperary Chief Fire Officer Dave Carroll and Ro Boyle
(Photo: Declan Keogh / Emergency Times)

John Lally said “All of our members have done us so proud here in the Order of Malta Carlow Unit, and did so before we even knew the results. This wonderful group give up their time regularly and consistently to upskill, teach others, attend local events/days out and rush to help poorly people in an emergency at a moment’s notice, at any time of day or night. They ask for nothing in return but the chance to help others.”

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L-R: Sgt John Lally, Ro Boyle, Ashling Hutton and Ben Miller
(Photo: Declan Keogh / Emergency Times)

Carlow Fire & Rescue Service’ Trauma team who also participated in the competitions at the weekend also won 3rd place in Best Overall team also offered the Order of Malta team some advice and guidance for the challenges. John Lally said “It’s fantastic to have an opportunity for the team to showcase their skills, and then be recognised and acknowledged for the hard work and commitment they’ve shown. We would like to recognise our wonderful friends in the Carlow Fire Service who came third in the over-all National Best Team section. Their help and guidance has been invaluable. We look forward to working alongside them closely and are so excited to say that the Carlow Fire Service are also eligible to represent Ireland in Capetown too.”

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Carlow Fire & Rescue Trauma Team: L-R: ROI Chair Pádraig O’ Longáigh, Dermot Scully, Paul Curran and Tipperary Chief Fire Officer Dave Carroll.
(Photo: Declan Keogh / Emergency Times)

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