Bagenalstown's first public access defibrillator on Kilcarrig Street will be covered by CCTV

A life-saving device

Darren Hassett

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L-R at the launch: Paddy Kelly (First Responders), Fran Abbey (Apex Clinic), Paddy Gardiner (chairman of Bagenalstown Improvement Group) and local Gardaí

A public access defibrillator has been installed in Bagenalstown and it's located outside the premises of Apex Injury and Rehabilitation Clinic on Kilcarrig Street. 

It is operated by Bagenalstown Cardiac First Responders in conjunction with the Bagenalstown local improvement group, local Gardaí and the Apex clinic. 

This life saving piece of equipment will be covered by CCTV and "vandalism comes with heavy penalties", the group said on Facebook. 

Since going live with the National Ambulance Service last December, Bagenalstown CFR has answered 30 callouts in the community.

If anyone from Kilcarraig Street, Pairc Mhuire, Station Road or in fact any part of the town are interested in learning how to do CPR and use an AED please contact Bagenalstown Cardiac First Responders Facebook page or 086 2440728 or any CFR volunteer.

Bagenalstown Cardiac First Responders are currently recruiting new volunteers.

If you would like to join and be trained as a volunteer to help people in cases of heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke or choking, within a 5km radius of the town, please use any of the contacts above.

If any of these scenarios happen in your company please call 999 immediately and be sure to give the right eircode.