New Blennerville Derrymore First Responders Looking To Save Lives

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Blennerville Derrymore First Responders, from left, Michelle O'Sullivan, Tina O'Shea O'Really and Rosalie Scanlon. Photo by Gavin O'Connor.

Blennerville Derrymore First Responders, from left, Michelle O’Sullivan, Tina O’Shea O’Reilly and Rosalie Scanlon. Photo by Gavin O’Connor.

A NEW Volunteer group is being set up to provide assistance prior to the arrival of the emergency services in the Blennerville to Derrymore area.

Blennerville Derrymore Community First Responders are looking for volunteers in the community so they can begin to train people how to deal with a medical emergency before an ambulance or emergency services arrive.

“These schemes have shown to benefit the community,” said Blennerville Derrymore First Responder, Rosalie Scanlon.

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“When someone calls an ambulance those few minutes they are waiting can be vital, if someone can get there faster then all the better, because every minute counts,” said Rosalie who lives in Annagh.

The group are hoping to hold an information evening sometime in February to inform the community of what it’s all about. At the moment the focus is on creating awareness of the group to attract volunteers in the Blenerville area.

The information evening will not just be about attracting volunteers, but also letting the community know about the service and spreading the word.

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Range of the Blennerville Derrymore First Responders.

Range of the Blennerville Derrymore First Responders.

“We will respond to four basic call-outs, the idea is that before we go live we will have done loads and loads of training so that people’s confidence is up,” Rosalie said.

“It’s all about community spirit and getting people involved. If there is only ten people involved, or 20 or more, at least that’s something that can benifit more than nothing. That’s our aim,” she continued.

The Blennerville Derrymore Community First Responders are expecting it will be between six and nine months before the life saving service is up and running.

If you interested in finding out more check out their Facebook page HERE

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