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Ardara First Responders goes live with the National Ambulance Service

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Ardara First Responders goes live with the National Ambulance Service

Shirley Baskin Morris presents the On Call phone to Volunteer Catherine McNelis

Recently Ardara First Responders went 'live' with the National Ambulance Service.

This means that whenever anyone from Ardara and the surrounding area calls for an ambulance for anyone having a cardiac emergency, chest pains, suspected stroke or choking incident that two trained local volunteers will dispatched to respond.

Teague McFadden thanked all the people, businesses and societies of Ardara for the tremendous efforts and generosity in fundraising which has enable the purchase of 4 defibrillators for the Town.

This means that Ardara now has accessible defibrillators at the GAA clubhouse, Kelly's Chemist on the Diamond, the rear of St. Shanaghan House and Cronnog Bui National School on Lochros Point as well as a defibrillator with the responding volunteers.

Teague also indicated that CLAR funding has been awarded from the Department of Rural and Community Development meaning that all six National Schools will have their own accessible defibrillator serving the school and local communities as well as providing training equipment.

Teague highlighted that this was a fantastic example of community activation and rural communities having to do things differently where a need was identified and instead of moaning about the lack of service the community got motivated, organised and trained to meet that need.

Particular thanks were given to Kevin Gifford and Kevin Maguire the 2 local instructors for training 50+ people and supporting the ongoing development of the volunteers and this vital service to the people of Ardara.

Shirley Baskin-Morris took great pleasure in handing over the response pack (including defibrillator) to the very first pair of volunteers, Joanne Molloney and Catherine McNelis. Joanne Molloney recently qualified as an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) and indicated that she is looking forward to providing this vital service to the Ardara community.