Pictured Above; Dr. Mairead McConnaill (Director WCRR) and Mr. John Kearney Director and Chairperson WCRR) addressing staff at the recent SFPA National Training Conference in Galway on Thursday 15th July 2010.
Thur 15th July 2010, saw the SFPA National Training Conference take place at the Connemara Coast Hotel in Co. Galway. As part of this annual event, the SFPA was delighted to welcome members of The West Cork Rapid Response as their guests. West Cork is a community based voluntary group working in partnership with and supporting the existing HSE Medical Emergency Services with a Rapid Response Vehicle servicing all of West Cork. The charity facilitates qualified medical practitioners to attend lift threatening accidents and traumas alongside emergency services in a voluntary capacity. Since the West Cork Rapid Response was founded in 2009, the team has achieved the following… 133 callouts, saved 23 lives, treated 162 patients and raised an impressive €152,000.00.
During the evening, Mr. John Kearney and Dr. Meg McConnaill gave an insightful overview of the invaluable service that West Cork Rapid Response provides. In addition, they outlined their goal for the future to continue increasing and developing their capacity which will enable them to attend even more call-outs and ultimately save more lives.
To help support this goal, the staff of SFPA organised and participated in a fundraising version of “Who wants to be a millionaire” which has contributed towards generating funds for this vital service provided by this not-for-profit organisation.
Mr. Kearney added, “we are very grateful to the SFPA for their support and encouragement for the West Cork Rapid Response. We appreciate all the effort and enthusiam that the SFPA are contributing and look forward to our ongoing partnership during the year”.
Peter Whelan, chairman SFPA said, “it is important that we reach out to the communities in which we live and work and try to contribute in some way. West Cork Rapid Response is a very worthy cause that provides the necessary funding, equipment, logistics, training, transport and other supports to medical practitioners to enable their voluntary effort. This additional emergency medical treatment can have an inestimable impact on patients prior to their transfer to the Accident and Emergency departments. The SFPA are delighted that we are in a position to support this outstanding local service”.