Fionnuala Murphy, Maynooth CFR_ Brenda Walsh, Branch Manager, LIfe Credit Union Maynooth and Kyran Ross from Maynooth CFR.
Maynooth Community First Responders (CFR) were delighted to accept a donation of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) this week from Life Credit Union, Maynooth.
Early access to CPR and an AED within the first 3-5 minutes of cardiac arrest greatly improve survival rates.
According to Chair of Maynooth CFR, Cllr Réada Cronin, an AED is a key piece of equipment for the group. “CFR groups are linked with the National Ambulance Service and are dispatched along with an ambulance to certain emergencies, such as heart attack, cardiac arrest, choking and stroke. The most important piece of equipment in our kit bag is the AED. They are small but expensive so to have received a donation of a defibrillator from Life Credit Union is a huge boost to the group and we are delighted to have their support.”
Five thousand people die each year from cardiac arrest in Ireland. For every minute that passes after a cardiac arrest, the chances of recovery are reduced by 7% to 10%. Having early access to CPR and an AED are crucial steps in the cardiac chain of survival, according to the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC).
Brenda Walsh, Branch Manager of Life Credit Union Maynooth, said: “Life Credit Union is community-based and driven. Our aim is always to support those in our community and we were thrilled to support Maynooth Community First Responders by donating a vital piece of life-saving equipment. This will benefit all of us in Maynooth and, while we hope not to have to call on emergency services, it is a relief to know that we have this level of support locally.”
Maynooth CFR is a group of 18 volunteers, trained and certified by CFR Ireland to provide life-saving assistance in cases of heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke and choking, working alongside the National Ambulance Service. The aim is to be on the scene within 10 minutes, providing life-saving assistance while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.
The group was established in May 2018 and are now waiting for sign off by the National Ambulance Service so that they can ‘go live’ and begin to provide life-saving assistance. Maynooth CFR is entirely voluntary. For more information follow them on Facebook.