A newly-installed defibrillator is to be unveiled in Crossmaglen this weekend.
It will be unveiled this Saturday, January 2, at Cardinal O’Fiaich Square, beside the Bottom Drawer.
It comes just three months after Armagh I reported that a First Responder’s scheme – to provide urgent medical treatment to those in need is being – was being established in Crossmaglen.
The Crossmaglen First Responders cover the south Armagh area and was formed in response to concerns over the length of time it can take for an ambulance to access rural parts.
The group will work closely with the Ambulance Service as it develops.
Community First Responder (CFR) volunteers are trained to attend emergency calls received by the ambulance service and provide care until the ambulance arrives.
Volunteers can arrive at an emergency scene in a matter of minutes, as they are sent to calls in their local area.
Having someone in the community who has been trained in first aid and can reach the patient quickly makes all the difference.
Several regions now have CFR units operating in their area with more seeking to establish this important role.
They would attend ‘immediately life-threatening’ calls’ including cardiac arrest, unconscious patient, diabetic emergency, breathing difficulties and seizures.
The provision of the new defibrillator – which will be unveiled at 2pm – will bring added reassurance to the local community that such a vital piece of life-saving equipment will be on hand and readily accessible when required.