Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Roscommon Lions Club launch major defibrillators’ drive

The Roscommon Lions Club continues to press on with their campaign to provide defibrillators in public spaces that will be open to members of the public in the event of an emergency on a 24-hour 7-day-a-week basis.   

  The Lions Club have completed an audit on the extent and nature of the defibrillators available in Roscommon Town. Many of the defibrillators are located in places of employment and public offices but are not accessible to the general public on a 24-hour basis 7 days a week.

  Bearing this in mind the Lions Club have chosen three locations for the first phase of their campaign to have defibrillators located in secure locations that will be accessible 24/7. 

  In a statement the Lions Club said: “We are now calling upon all healthcare professionals, Civil Defence, Garda Siochana, Fire Brigade, Sub Aqua Club or others trained in the use of defibrillators to make contact with the Lions Club for the purposes of compiling details of trained members of the public who would be willing to participate in this venture which the Lions Club is putting in place. We would ask all those people trained in the use of defibrillators to make contact with any member of the Sub-Committee of the Lions Club (contact details below). 

  “The Lions Club will be conducting Training Courses for employees of the businesses where the defibrillators will be located and for members of the public living and working proximate to the location of the defibrillators so as to ensure that as many people as possible will be available in the locality 24/7. Bearing this in mind, the obvious experience of those already trained in the use of defibrillators will be of enormous assistance to the Lions Club in the success of their campaign to have people trained in the event of an emergency.

  “It will be vital to the success of the campaign to make Roscommon a safe place with publicly accessible defibrillators on a 24-hour 7-days-a-week basis that the greatest number of trained people as possible are available and that the trained people are living or working proximate to the defibrillators.

  “The Lions Club plan to expand upon the number of defibrillators and to this end have already raised significant funds to cover the capital cost of the provision of the defibrillators together with their continued maintenance and for the provision of the Training Courses.    

  “The Lions Club are delighted with the level of support that they have received from various businesses who have agreed to part fund the capital cost of the defibrillators. Without the support of these businesses and the wider public it would not be possible for this vital service to be provided in the Town.    

  The expansion and continued success of the campaign will be dependant on there being people trained in the operation of the defibrillators so that the trained operators can be married to the defibrillators located near their homes or places of work. This is all the more important in circumstances where the Emergency Department in the Hospital has been closed and the onus is put on the community at large to step into the breach caused by the downgrading of the services at the Hospital.” 

Contacts: Kathleen Shanagher (086-3726743); Frances Hannon (086-8531204); PJ Naughton (086-2412247) Sean Mahon (086-2370858); Michael Lennon (086-0530702);  Laura Dempsey (086-8448927). 

 Issue dated: 20 JULY 2012
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