Community First Responders (CFR) are volunteers who are trained to attend certain types of emergency calls in the area where they live or work. Their aim is to reach a potential life-threatening emergency in the first vital minutes before the ambulance crew arrives.

Over the last year, members of the Annyalla/Cremartin First Responder  group have been notified about emergencies in the Ballybay/Tullycorbet area.  With this in mind, we are setting up a Ballybay CFR group and need your help in the recruitment drive.

You are invited to an Information evening on Thursday 1st February 2024, in Pat O’Brien’s meeting room (above the pub in Ballybay) from 7.30p.m. to 9p.m. Please come along and support this worthy initiative.

CFR groups who are linked to the National Ambulance Service (NAS) National Emergency Operations Centre are alerted to an emergency in their area and as they are community based, can provide medical assistance within minutes of a 112/999 call being received. Their role is to help stabilise the patient and provide the appropriate care including Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) & defibrillation, until the more paramedics arrive.

Training is provided locally with the group providing initial CFR certification and regular ongoing training. Training consists of cardiac arrest management including CPR and Defibrillator (AED) usage, and first aid for choking, heart attack and strokes. Training covers all essential elements effectively operate as a CFR with additional training options available.