Dublin’s Mayor, Andrew Montague, officially launched the latest Irish Red Cross ‘First Responder Bike Units’ today at his office on Dawson Street.
At the launch the Lord Mayor praised the bike initiative saying “Having bike mounted first aiders makes sense both in terms of flexibility and mobility”.
The Irish Red Cross First Responder Bike Units, which will be on duty for the first time at this Sundays Sky Ride in Dublin city centre, are kitted with essential first aid equipment, including a defibrillator. The bike units, manned by fully trained volunteers, will act as support for the ambulances at events were dense crowds and road closures make it difficult for an ambulance to reach people in need of medical assistance.
Paul Conway, Chairman of the Irish Red Cross Santry Branch said that the he was “looking forward to this being the first of many bike units of its kind in Dublin.” Mr Conway went on to say that he was “delighted at the support they have been shown by local businesses, including Little Sport Ltd and Kelly's bikes and the Larkhill and District Credit Union who donated the defibrillator for this particular bike unit”.
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Photos:Laura Gallagher, Irish Red Cross.
Top: Dublin's Lord Mayor, Andrew Montague, with Irish Red Cross Volunteers Claire Doran and Liam Morrisey.
Middle: Mayor Montague tests one of the new bikes whichhas reinforce tyres and high visibilty reflective markings.
Bottom: Dublin's Lord Mayor, Andrew Montague, with Irish Red Cross Volunteers Claire Doran and Liam Morrisey.
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