Community spirit: locals push for new defibrillator in Limerick village

Maria Flannery

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Maria Flannery

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Community spirit: locals push for new defibrillator in Limerick village

A group of Pallaskenry volunteers are fundraising to upgrade their local defibrillator

A GROUP of Pallaskenry volunteers are fundraising to upgrade their local defibrillator, in tandem with a successful scheme which has seen over 80 residents trained in emergency response.

The current defibrillator unit has been in place since 2006 - in the community which appears to be leading the way in emergency medical intervention.

Last month, a voluntary team of Community First Responders (CFR) underwent further training, which allows them to handle an even wider range of symptoms than ever before. They are called to the scene of an emergency in the locality to assist before the ambulance comes.

The local responders are trained to deal with choking, respiratory or cardiac arrest in infants, children and adults.  They are trained in using a defibrillator, if required, at the scene.

The latest fundraising event was a table quiz in Clancy’s Pub on the village’s Main Street.

Up to €3000 is required to upgrade the defibrillator and associated training equipment, the group estimates.

The current defibrillator unit has served the community well since it was donated by a local family. It has been maintained by the CFR sub-committee of the community council.

But the equipment needs replacing: electrodes have a shelf life of 18 months, and lithium batteries need to be replaced every four years.

The group receives no state funds for the upkeep, and they rely solely on fundraising and donations.