Launch of Longford Community First Responder service

James Quinn, Barbara Smyth, Carol Murray, and Antonio Simoes meet ahead of the planned launch. Photo: Michelle Ghee.
A Newtownforbes man is in the process of establishing a Longford Community First Responder.

A Newtownforbes man is in the process of establishing a Longford Community First Responder.

James Quinn from Newtownforbes has just established his new committee which will be in place by December 3 next when a public meeting in respect of the matter takes place at the parish hall in Newtownforbes.

The service’s chief, John Fitzgerald will be in attendance and proceedings are expected to kick off at 8pm.

Community First Responder (CFR) volunteers are trained to attend emergencies and provide treatment for patients until an ambulance arrives.

The types of emergencies attended may range from collapse due to medical problems and accidents in the home or public place to cardiac arrest, heart attack, strokes, choking, diabetic emergencies, traumatic emergencies, breathing difficulties, seizures and chest pains.

“Longford Community First Response is a non profit community based organisation that trains volunteers to deal with emergencies,” Mr Quinn said.

“At the moment we have just established our committee and the plan is to hold a public meeting in Newtownforbes for everyone in the county who may be interested in training for this very worthwhile initiative.”

“We will support the local defibrillator schemes, gardaí and emergency services.

“We are also registered with the HSE’s National Ambulance Service.”

It is anticipated that Mr Fitzgerald will give a presentation of the work carried out by the organisation and provide further details on the training programme during next week’s public meeting.

“We want ordinary people from across this county to come on board with this,” continued Mr Quinn.

“It is a service that is particularly necessary in rural areas and in parts of the county where there is a lack of emergency resources.”

CFRs’ local knowledge and cultural awareness significantly aids the medical response and all members will be trained to deliver basic life support and defibrillation to patients in cardiac arrest.

Training is free and certification is accredited to the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECE).

For more details, contact James on (087) 9023037.