Tralee set to benefit from a new Community Responder scheme

Tralee is set to benefit from a new Community Responder scheme to assist the National Ambulance Service in life threatening emergencies. Tralee sign The scheme will be made up entirely of volunteers living or working within the coverage area and on a roster system. Reliant on public support and business sponsorship, it’s estimated that the scheme will require €8,000 in order to “go live”. The scheme will be linked to, and under the control of the National Ambulance Service. Emergency calls for it will be sent by ambulance control to the pagers of the responders on call. It will attend calls for choking, stroke, chest pain and cardiac arrest within the 6km radius which is centred at the railway flyover on the Tralee Bypass. It will be managed on a local level by Scheme Coordinator Sean Horgan who also setup and continues to run the Ardfert & District Community First Responders which went live in February and had attended 27 emergency calls as of 9th October. A Facebook page “Tralee Community Responders” is now online as well as a Twitter page @TraleeResponder. A public meeting will be held in a few weeks for those persons interested in getting involved.