CRITICAL, the emergency medical response charity, has announced a partnership with the National Ambulance Service (NAS) that will see NAS Staff Off-Duty Responders being able to volunteer with the charity whilst responding to potentially life-threatening emergencies in their local communities.
As part of the partnership, CRITICAL will provide vital equipment to off-duty EMTs, paramedics and advanced paramedics who are tasked to incidents such as road traffic collisions, cardiac arrests, farming accidents and other medical or traumatic accidents. They will respond to these taskings as part of the NAS Staff Off Duty Response Scheme which has been in operation for almost 20 years.
It will cost the charity €1,500 to equip each volunteer, all of which is being funded by CRITICAL. Each responder will be provided with an Emergency Backpack containing a defibrillator, a resuscitation kit and a medical diagnostic kit.
Working closely with the National Ambulance Service, CRITICAL is now focused on establishing a network of Volunteer Emergency Medical Responders in every county in Ireland over the next two years.
CRITICAL already has a strong network of Volunteer Emergency Medicine Doctors in Mayo, Donegal, Dublin, Wicklow and Waterford and will be expanding to additional locations in the coming months. These are physicians and consultants with experience in Emergency Medicine or anaesthesiology and General Practitioners with an interest in Pre-hospital care. They have been tasked to more than 1,800 calls by the National Ambulance Service over the last two years. The charity needs to fundraise to kit out its volunteers so they can continue their life saving work. It costs the charity €1,500 to establish a new Emergency Medical Responder in a community. The cost to establish an Advanced or Critical Care Volunteer Doctor in the community can be between €25,000 and €120,000.