An Appreciation mass for Carlow’s emergency and voluntary groups was held last night.
The mass was celebrated by Fr. John Dunphy at St. Clare’s Church, Graiguecullen to recognise and appreciate the work that the gardaí, fire and ambulance services and the various voluntary services and community first responder groups do within the community in saving lives, protecting people and serving their community.
Members of Carlow Gardaí, Carlow Fire & Rescue Service and the National Ambulance Service represented the frontline Principal Response Agencies (PRA’s) while members from the Order of Malta, Civil Defence and South East Mountain Rescue Association represented the statutory Voluntary Emergency Services.
Carlow Town’s Community First Responder group and ‘CareDoc’, the Doctor On-Call service for Carlow/Kilkenny were also represented at the special mass. The CFR groups are tasked by the National Ambulance Service to incidents of Cardiac Arrest, chest pain, choking, stroke and unconscious or unresponsive patients.
The Carlow Town CFR group have 19 trained members who are on-call in three teams from 9pm Friday through to 9pm Sundays, covering a 5km of Carlow town.
Carlow Fire & Rescue Service also have a voluntary CFR team who also respond to assist calls from the National Ambulance Service. CFR Firefighters are trained to EFR-CFRA level and cover an 8km radius of Carlow town. The Carlow Fire CFR group are on-call fully.
Photo: (Courtesy: Richie Timmins, Carlow Town CFR)