Over 160 Callouts for Youghal First Responders in 2017

By Jordan McCarthy

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The Youghal Community First Responders provide a vital service and that was again evident in 2017.
Between New Year’s Day of this year and the 19 December, the group responded to 164 emergency callouts. The calls covered by YCFP are cardiac arrest, chest pain, stroke and choking. Over the last twelve months, the 24-strong team has come to the aid of the people of Youghal in their time of need, and they have saved lives, too.
Speaking to the East Cork Journal, Patrick McCarthy from Youghal Community First Responders said; ‘‘Cardiac arrest, chest pain, stroke and choking are the only things that the lads are allowed to cover. Once people ring 999, the first thing they’ll be asked is ‘what is the emergency’, once they give the emergency and the location, we automatically get activated via text message. In the delay of an ambulance, we will be sent.
‘‘Indeed, there have been a number of good news stories. This year, we had two successful resuscitations, where we had two people who were clinically dead for over ten minutes, but they are now spending Christmas alive with their families.’’
That pretty much highlights the importance of having an emergency response group in the town. With that, there are currently four public access defibrillators in operation in Youghal – and thanks to the goodwill of the local community, there will soon be seven.
‘‘We had the machines at the Post Office and at Spar out the Strand all along. We now have two new machines. One is at Farrell’s Bar, Summerfield. The box was kindly sponsored by Michael Farrell. The second box (at the Quays Bar) was kindly sponsored by Richenda and Seamus of the Quays Bar. Both machines were purchased from the contributions we got from Super Valu and also the Social Dancing, run by Mag Carey along with Maura and Teresa Joyce.
‘‘We have another three machines purchased, which we currently have in our belongings, we are just waiting on the delivery of the boxes. One of those will go in the Holy Family Church. Canon Herlihy has gladly given us permission. That will cover the areas of Woodview Court, Raheen Park and Sarsfield’s Terrace. We would have nothing only for the goodwill of the people of Youghal and the local businesses,’’ McCarthy said.
If you would like to become a member of Youghal Community First Responders, or would simply like to learn more about what they do, you can visit their Facebook page; Youghal Community First Responders. You can also support the voluntary group by donating this Christmas – and in particular at a special fundraiser at Youghal Rugby Club on December 26.
McCarthy added; ‘‘Youghal RFC are holding a fundraising day (with a match at half one and a raffle at half-time in the Munster v Leinster game in the clubhouse) on St Stephen’s Day, so we’d be looking for support there. The club have kindly donated their machine which will be placed on the wall outside the clubhouse in Frogmore. That will cover the area up around Park Mountain and Sweetfield.’’

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