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Over one year since it was established, Ardfert & District Community First Responders is expanding its service.

Ardfert & District Community First Responders was setup in May 2014 to support the National Ambulance Service in life-threatening call-outs after a number of cardiac arrests in the area.

Ardfert First RespondersCurrently the scheme has 15 voluntary responders who work on a roster basis, with more members in training.

The scheme went live taking emergency 999 calls on February 23rd 2014 and has since attended 23 emergency call-outs.

After recent discussion with its members and the HSE, the scheme has expanded its coverage radius to include Ballyheigue and Abbeydorney village.

The service already covered about 7,000 people in an area which stretches to Mounthawk, Tralee in the south and Barrow in the west.

It will now cater for approximately 8,500 people.

The group attends calls for choking, stroke, chest pain and cardiac arrest and is tasked by the National Ambulance Service via pager system.

It is on call 24/7 all year round

The scheme’s website is available at ArdfertResponders.com