A rapid response vehicle, dedicated to medical emergencies in North Kerry and West Limerick, has been launched this morning.
It is being coordinated by Irish Community Rapid Response to help save lives in rural communities.
The rapid response vehicle involves volunteer doctors working alongside frontline HSE emergency services to respond to life-threatening emergencies.
It will cover a broad area including Tralee, Listowel, Ballybunion, Tarbert, Foynes, Newcastle West, Abbeyfeale and Castleisland.
The vehicle can also travel outside of those areas if needed.
ICRR CEO John Kearney says this service will help people get treatment within the all-important Golden Hour – when it is most likely to be successful.
The service was launched in Listowel this morning and will be based in the town.
ICRR CEO John Kearney is calling on people throughout Kerry to support and fundraise for the service, which will cost €30,000 per year to fund.