Second defibrillator installed in Kildare town

17 fully trained first responders in Kildare town

Paula Campbell

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Paula Campbell

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Second defibrillator installed in Kildare town

Alan Maguire (Centra) Tina Geoghegan (first responder) Shirley O’Leary (first responder) Diane Wallace (Centra) Joanna Cheese (first responder)

Kildare Town First Responders have installed a second public access defibrillator outside Brett’s centra, Melitta road.

“Thanks to the generosity of the public and John Brett of Brett’s centra who organised the installation, this second public access defibrillator will be available for use by the general public 24/7,” said PRO Joanna Cheese.

This life saving device is also linked to the national ambulance control centre who can direct a caller on how to retrieve and use it if needed.

“With the fundraising efforts of Kildare Town Educate Together National School and a Kildare County Council grant, the group are now in a position to install a third public access defibrillator on the Curragh road near the Rowanville/Ruanbeg area in the near future.”

Kildare Town Community First Responders, set up in 2017, and are part of an emergency response network linked to the national ambulance service and attend calls for cardiac arrest, chest pain, strokes and choking.

The group has 17 fully trained volunteer responders available to attend calls 24 hours a day 365 days a year, in a 5km radius of Kildare Town.
To date the group have attended 200 calls.

“We are aiming to train as many individuals as we can in bystander hands only CPR. As well as teaching CPR we will also show them how to use a defibrillator. If any community groups, resident’s associations or groups of individuals would like to learn this life saving skill find us on facebook or email cfrkildaretown@gmail.com”