Above - At the presentation of a new Mercedes 519 custom-built ambulance by Alan Walsh, Ambulance Officer Operations, on behalf of the National Ambulance Service to Morgan O'Brien, Paramedic Supervisor, Cashel ambulance station were, from left, Ronan Corcoran, Gerry Tuohy, Alan Walsh, Morgan O'Brien, Dermot Hickey, Tom Gahan and Declan Harte. They are standing in front of three new custom-built ambulances which have been provided for Clonmel, Tipp Town and Cashel; and a Rapid Response Vehicle, which is being utilised by South Tipp Ambulance Service.
The Ambulance Service within South Tipperary is part of the HSE’s National Ambulance Service (NAS).
There has been significant investment recently in the service, which is of benefit to the people of South Tipperary.
The investment has meant new life-saving equipment and new vehicles, which help the advanced paramedics and paramedics provide the best possible pre-hospital care to patients within South Tipperary.
As part of a national investment plan, South Tipperary has received new vehicles over the last three years. These include a new ambulance this year, two new ambulances last year and a Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) in 2014.
This now means that all the vehicles within South Tipperary are no more than five years old. Some of the equipment received includes new cardiac monitors and lucas machines.
These lifesaving pieces of equipment are particularly helpful when attending a patient who is in cardiac arrest.
The National Ambulance Service encourages and supports the work of Community First Responders (CFRs). A Community First Responder group is trained to assist people in their community who are suffering a cardiac arrest or choking.
These groups are made up of volunteers in the community who are notified by the NAS to attend an emergency to start lifesaving CPR while the ambulance is en route.
If you are interested in joining your local CFR or setting up a group for your community, please do not hesitate to contact co-ordinator Des on e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org or call Alan Walsh, Ambulance Officer- Operations , South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel on 052-6122094.
You can also log onto http://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/3/nas/firstresponderschemes/ for further information.
If you are interested in joining the team, the National Ambulance Service runs a number of recruitment campaigns for a variety of roles within the service each year.
Check out www.hse.ie/jobs for more information or follow the National Ambulance Service Facebook page.
If you are interested in progressing your career as a Paramedic or Advanced Paramedic, the National Ambulance Service has a current ongoing recruitment campaign for these grades.
Please log onto www.hse.ie/go/jobs for further information. All recruitment to the National Ambulance Service is completed under the HSE National Recruitment Service process and guidelines.