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I've not seen them and I've not needed them but if I did.....I hope they'd be there for me. So who are the Navan First Responders, What do they do and most importantly.... could it be YOU or one of Our Residents responding? We asked Chris Oliver, Area Co-ordinator, to tell us more:

Who Are Navan First Responders?

"Navan First Responders is one of a number of community responder groups around the country who’s volunteers who have made themselves available to be called upon in the event of a person suffering Chest Pain, Cardiac Arrest, Stroke or Choking in their local community. The group was started in May 2104 and has been operational since February 2015. With 16 active members we have already attended a number of calls around the Navan town area."

How Do The Responders Get Dispatched?

"On receiving a 999/112 call; Ambulance Control will dispatch an emergency ambulance to the incident immediately. A text message is also sent to the Community Responder Team. If there is a member on duty they will attend the incident in their own vehicles.

In most cases the Community First Responders will be on the scene within 3-9 minutes. This early attendance could literally mean the difference between life and death for the patient, especially when the patient has suffered a Cardiac Arrest and requires immediate potential lifesaving interventions.

Community First Responders operate under the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) Cardiac First Responder Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) and the National Ambulance Service direction.

Community First Responders are trained in Adult, Paediatrics and Infant CPR & Foreign Body Airway Obstruction (FBAO), Chest Pain Management and Aspirin administration, the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), Stroke recognition (using F.A.S.T.), and are dispatched to assist patients with the above symptoms.

An 'AED' Device that could save a life.

It is important to know that Community First Responders do not replace the statutory bodies. They are a voluntary addition and may not always be on call; this will depend on numbers trained and availability in your community."

How do I get involved?

"New volunteers are always welcome. No experience is required as full training and certification will be provided. We are looking for people who can give up a few hours a month to help cover the rota. Not everyone goes on the rota but get involved with fundraising events, training and general admin. All are welcome!! 

If you would like to get involved please contact us via our facebook page www.facebook.com/navanfirstresponders or email us at info@navancfr.com We would be delighted to hear from you. Thank you for your continued support."

Navan First Responders

Check out the Navan First Responders Facebook Page for some amazing stories of where the group and others have made a difference in saving lives.

Now the important question...?

Could YOU be a First Responder and will you click on a link below to find out more since you could be needed and you could make a difference.

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