Paul Keogh T.D., Government Chief Whip and Minister of State, this morning opened Europe’s biggest first aid convention FACE 2012 by praising volunteers and welcoming Red Cross volunteers who had travelled to the Dundalk event from as far away as Russia.
In his address to the 800 First Aid delegates who will be taking part in the events and competition of FACE, Minister Keogh said that he believed “Dundalk to be the safest place if you have a heart attack right now”. FACE 2012 (First Aid Convention in Europe) is being hosted this year by the Irish Red Cross, who last year attended the annual event in Vienna.
The programme of events comprises a one day conference, followed by a day of intense competition as teams from 23 countries compete to be named as the top first aid team in Europe. Spectators are invited to attend the competition in Dundalk on Saturday when the town’s streets, schools and shopping centres will be transformed into mock scenes of utter destruction. These scenes, of accidents and injuries, form the basis of the days competition in which participants are scored on their ability and skill in responding.
For more information:Contact Rebecca Dunne, 0877433275, Communications Executive with the Irish Red Cross.