A new defibrillator has been installed in a Cork suburb in a bid to increase the survival rate of a person in cardiac arrest.
The life-saving equipment has been installed in Gurranabraher Garda Station after it was sponsored by Gurranabraher Credit Union.
The provision of these life-saving pieces of equipment around the city and county increases the survival rate of a person in cardiac arrest.
Speaking at the presentation of the new Defibrillator, Garda David O’Donoghue said:
“Every minute someone is in cardiac arrest, the survival rate decreases by 10%.
“Members of An Garda Síochana are uniquely placed to use the Defibrillator and they can also carry out CPR.
“In recent years there has been an increase of availability in Defibrillators in local communities with a number of them in businesses in our own locality,” he added.
“Gurranabraher Garda Station is open 24 hours a day and the Defibrillator will be available for the public as well as members of An Garda Síochana in the event of it being needed.” Also attending the event was Gurranabraher Credit Union Chair, Michael O’Connell, who said:
“I am delighted that the Credit Union has been able to provide this life-saving equipment to our local Garda Station.
“The station is a perfect location within our community for one of these units as the men and women of An Garda Síochana are trained in the use of Defibrillators and CPR.
“It’s not often that we can say we are saving lives by our sponsorship but it is clearly the case here,” he added.
Gurranabraher Credit Union Board Member and Cork City First Responders Coordinator, Pat Carroll said the organisation is a local community first responder scheme that is tasked to attend cardiac arrests around the city.
Speaking at the event, Mr Carroll said:
“Cork City Responders are asked to attend cardiac arrests within a 4km radius of the city centre and to date have attended to over 1,200 emergency call outs and this defibrillator will greatly assist our first responders.”