Portarlington’s Community First Responders are back up and running, following a service black out when ambulance control switched from Tullamore to Tallaght just before the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.
The frist responders reported on their Facebook page that they had responded to their first call out on Wednesday, April 8.
“So we have responded to our first live call since last week’s move from tullamore to Dublin. Still a few gremlins in the system that were trying to get worked out but we should manage,” they posted.
The group thanked everyone who had helped them out over the Easter Weekend, when it looked like the service had been suspended indefinately.
“Massive thanks to everyone who weighed in behind not only us but the other effected schemes. Special mention to the Midlands ambulance service management team who put almost everything else on hold for us over the long bank holiday weekend.”
The highly skilled volunteers run a rota service, which ensures 24 hour cover, 365 days a year.
“We operate on a rota system, when someone calls 999 for a stroke, cardiac arrest, chest pains or choking we get a text to the Responders phone, which is always kept with the AED Bag and at least one volunteer is on the scene within minutes,” chairperson Thomas McGuinness explained.
“It’s the kind of service where we are happy for people not to know about us, it means we haven’t crossed their door.”
In two years of service, the responders have answered 106 call outs in just the Portarlignton area.
They spent last weekend fundraising for their service outside the local Super Value in Portarlingotn.