Red Cross volunteers showcase their emergency First Aid skills

Carrickbeg Community Centre was transformed into a First Aid centre last week manned by the town’s Irish Red Cross volunteers.

Carrickbeg Community Centre was transformed into a First Aid centre last week manned by the town’s Irish Red Cross volunteers.

Members of the Carrick-on-Suir branch of the Irish Red Cross swung into action providing an evening of First Aid demonstrations to highlight the work they do and to attract new recruits.

Members of the public were invited to have their blood pressure and blood glucose levels tested and watch demonstrations of ECG monitoring under the guidance of the trained local Red Cross members.

Demonstrations throughout the evening included ECG monitoring by Fergus Kelly, bleeding management by Joanna Walsh, recovery position by Ellen White, fracture ganagement by Nicole Breen and CPR by Sarah Dunne.

An information and OFA Registration stand was manned by members Mary Lonegan and Breda Breen.

The evening also focused on the re-launch of Irish Red Cross’ weekly training session and the recruitment appeal for new adult members to join the established Carrick-on-Suir Branch.

Special guest at the event was Tony Lawlor, the Area Director of Red Cross Units and National Vice Chairperson of the Irish Red Cross, who praised the Carrick-on-Suir branch as “very active, resilient and focused”.

The local Branch had a busy summer attending car rallies, football matches, athletic events, Carrick-on-Suir Triathlon and many other events where their presence was welcomed, their expertise needed and their time was given voluntarily to help others.

There are now 15 trained members in the Carrick-on-Suir Branch with Finola Walsh, Unit Officer, and Aisling Wall, Deputy Unit Officer, trained as Emergency Medical Technicians, Joanna Walsh and Sarah Dunne trained as Emergency First Responders and all branch members trained to Occupational First Aid level.

They also have a fully equipped clearly identifiable Red Cross ambulance, which is brought to all types of events.

The branch’s Occupational First Aid Course commenced yesterday Tuesday, September 13 and runs for 8 weeks.

It is a FETAC Level 5 course recognised by the Health & Safety Authority and is very useful in the workplace or sports club.

Pre-booking is essential.

For any further information on the Carrick Branch of the Irish Red Cross or on any related courses, contact: (087)9158529 or follow updates in local media or on Facebook Irc.