Commons Inn Hotel comes to the rescue of First Responders

The Commons Inn Hotel came to the aid of Cork City First Responders to provide them with a temporary training location after their training facility in Strawberry Hill suffered water damages.
Commons Inn Hotel comes to the rescue of First Responders
Cork City First Responders with Pat Carroll, Cork City First Responders Co Ordinator, Instructors and Responders. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

CORK City First Responders held their latest training evening in The Commons Inn Hotel on the New Mallow Road on Tuesday, September 3. 

The organisation, who primarily deal with cardiac arrest and choking, typically run two training evenings every month to keep their 42 responders completely up to scratch on the latest first-aid practices.

Cork City First Responders new members, Lynda O'Connor and Linda O'Halloran with Fred Lotty, Cork City First Responders Instructor.Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Cork City First Responders new members, Lynda O'Connor and Linda O'Halloran with Fred Lotty, Cork City First Responders Instructor.Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Their most recent meeting was almost compromised however when water damages at their training center in Strawberry Hill left the group with nowhere to meet. 

Speaking to The Echo, longterm member of the Cork City First Responders, Eric Donovan, explained how he approached The Commons Inn and without hesitation, they were happy to let the organisation utilize the hotel training rooms. 

"Usually it's us coming to people's rescue, but this time The Commons Hotel really came to our rescue", Mr Donovan said in appreciation of the gesture. 

Adam O'Dwyer and Majella Carroll, Cork City First Responders Volunteer.Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Adam O'Dwyer and Majella Carroll, Cork City First Responders Volunteer.Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Cork City First Responders was activated in 2012 under the National Ambulance Center and are entirely self-funded. 

The scheme comprises of members of the public who volunteer their time to assist their local community by attending emergency calls within a 5KM radius of Cork City.

All of their volunteers are trained to a very high standard and are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

To date, they have responded to 1,280 calls since 2012.

Cork City First Responders are always appreciative of public support. You can get involved by becoming a volunteer or by participating in a fundraising event, such as taking part in The Echo Women's Mini Marathon on Sunday, September 22 in aid of the charity. For those wishing to do so, you can contact their facebook page or email admin@communityresponder.ie

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