The Irish Red Cross has seven 4x4 vehicles working at full capacity across Cork and Kerry right now. These vehicles have been tasked with various duties by HSE emergency management since the lifting of the blizzard warning today.
“In my estimation, these vehicles have attended to at least 24 call-outs today alone,” says the Irish Red Cross’ Regional Director of Units for the South, Ted Noonan. “Safety is paramount and the driving conditions are very challenging, but are being handled very professionally by Irish Red Cross volunteers.”
The vehicles in Kerry have been kept very busy in Tralee and Dingle while in Cork the Irish Red Cross 4x4 ambulances have been transferring dialysis patients to hospital and supporting public health nurses in doing clinical house visits. In many cases volunteer crews are local and this allows for local knowledge to assist in decision making.
Vehicles across both counties have been taking calls from the National Ambulance Service and have also been transferring key staff to the various hospitals.
Four weather desks were set up in Cork and Kerry by the HSE emergency management service and the one in Mallow is being specifically manned by the Irish Red Cross.
Such is the demand in these challenging conditions that at lunchtime today, the National Ambulance Service requested the Irish Red Cross to make its 4x4 vehicles nationwide available to transport advanced paramedics to acute calls - Click: https://www.redcross.ie/news-and-events/
The Irish Red Cross responded to 21 call-outs yesterday, some of which were in West Cork and North Cork. Click: https://www.redcross.ie/news-and-events/