Coffee Morning for Community First Responders Unit

Castleisland Community First Responders Unit members are planning a Coffee Morning at 32 Lower Main Street on Saturday morning, June 8th from 10am. John Broudair (front left) is pictured with: Andrew Foran, Neill Browne, Mairéad O’Connell, Oorla Casey and Christine Brosnan. ©Photograph: John Reidy

While well up and running, the still forming Castleisland Community First Responders Unit is now in fundraising mode with the advancement of its aims very much to the fore.

The organisers will conduct a Coffee Morning on the coming Saturday, June 8th at 10am at the former Tomo Burke Electrical, 32 Lower Main Street, Castleisland – next door to Hannon’s Fashions.

Can You Bake ?

“Please call in to support us and to find out more about what we are setting up in Castleisland,” said chief organiser, Neil Browne.

“If you can bake and would like to donate something – or if you can give an hour of your time to help on the day that would be great,” said Neil.

The unit members have been greatly encouraged by the recent response to their calls for members of the public to help form a Castleisland First Responder Unit and they have had several meetings over the past month or so.

National Ambulance Service

One of their most recent meetings was attended by Mark Callinan a paramedic and community engagement officer with the National Ambulance Service.

Mr. Callinan explained the requirements of setting up a CFR unit in an area and all that involves.

The purpose of the Castleisland group is to provide local, trained volunteers to assist the National Ambulance Service responding to high priority emergencies where early intervention may be the difference between life or death.

Free Training Provided

These volunteers will be activated by ambulance control when a call is made on behalf of a victim experiencing the following: a stroke; chest pain; cardiac arrest or a person choking within the area of Castleisland, Cordal, Currow and Scartaglen.

Free training will be provided to the volunteers who will become part of an on-call rota system to respond to emergencies.

Service to Community

The scheme does not replace the ambulance service but compliments it.

Meanwhile, support for Saturday’s coffee morning will allow the unit to become equipped and up and running and of valuable service to its community.

If you can help in any way you’re invited to contact: Neil on 086 37 71 901 or Oorla on 087 36 31 387.

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