Theft of Blackrock defibrillator is condemned

Ruthless thieves smashed a defibrillator box and robbed the life-saving machine from the Square in Blackrock.

Ruthless thieves smashed a defibrillator box and robbed the life-saving machine from the Square in Blackrock.

Local residents in the area noticed that the €2100 defibrillator went missing between Sunday and Monday evening, during the weekly check.

A number of defibrillators are located throughout the Blackrock and Haggardstown parish.

Reacting to the news, Joan McAdam said that the robbery is “demoralising.”

“Sometimes you just wonder why a person would do this,” said Joan while speaking to the Dundalk Democrat this week, “It is very demoralising.”

“The committee has spent the last two years raising the money for these defibrillators.

“Everybody made such a huge effort to raise the money and then this happens. It is very disheartening.

Following a rota, members of the committee check and maintain each defibrillator that is located throughout the parish.

“We check them every week,” said Joan, “These defibrillators have an active serial number.

“I have highlighted the serial number to all the parties that may be approached to buy a defibrillator.”

Meanwhile, the defibrillator team will now participate in the pilot scheme being rolled out by the HSE in the North East area.

When a person dials the emergency service, the emergency team will contact a first responder within the area.

Under guidelines, the first responder will be able to conduct and follow a set routine.

“This is a great initiative,” said Joan, “If you get assistance from a first responder it reduces the likelihood of a person having a cardiac arrest by 70 per cent.

“We are holding a meeting next week that will detail what exactly is involved in the scheme. Anybody is welcome to attend and training will be provided. “