The Dundalk Cardiac First Responder group over the past year alone have responded to over 250 emergencies.
As with any new scheme it takes time to get a voluntary system running on a 24/7 basis, so there have been times when a volunteer was not available to respond to a call-out.
To help the Dundalk community, five public access defibrillators are going to be located in the area. All defibrillators will be registered with the National Ambulance Service and when needed a 999/112 caller will be directed to their location.
Permission has been given to place the defibrillators in the following locations, allowing 24/7 access and agreement for individual defibrillator maintenance by Dundalk's First Aider Groups:
- Dundalk Garda Station, Civil Defence
- Aikens Barracks, Point Road, Dundalk
- Lisdoo/Newry Road
- Fatima area, Dundalk
- Dundalk Courthouse, Market Square, Dundalk
The estimated average cost of purchasing one suitable defibrillator and the secure outdoor container plus supplies for the first year is €2500.
Each defibrillator has an 8 year warranty and when purchased will be given o each location First Aider Group.
Sponsor details will be displayed on AED container for five years.
To help fund this vital scheme please contact Barry Hennessy on 0851181420 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org