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COMMISSION TARGETS MAJOR ONGOING ISSUES FOR DEFENCE FORCES

Tasked with undertaking a comprehensive review of the Irish Defence Forces before the end of the year, over the coming months the independent Commission will aim to fully address and help to remedy issues of army structures, falling personnel numbers, the need to reequip and the long-awaited improvement on pay and conditions.

CORK AIRPORT TAKES PANDEMIC PRIORITIES ON BOARD

Following the outbreak of Covid-19 last year, Cork Airport reviewed its emergency plans to consider the emerging threat of the virus, and moved rapidly to work with the public health authorities, according to Ken Roberts, Chief Fire Officer. Here he outlines the protocols they put in place to deal with this pandemic.

FOCUS ON FORENSIC SCIENCE IN SUPPORT OF JUSTICE SYSTEM

The next three years will be a time of significant change for Forensic Science Ireland (FSI), and Chris Enright, Director General, says that the FSI is firmly focused on providing the Irish justice system with a high quality integrated forensic service through independent, expert scientific analysis and advice to best international standards.

IRISH EMERGENCY MEDICS FLYING HIGH IN ENGLAND

The opportunity to gain experience in pre-hospital emergency medicine as flight doctors with charity air ambulances in England, was the main reason for two Irish medics to move across the water. They spoke to 'Emergency Services Ireland' about their journey to date, also pointing to the need for similar structures to be set up by helicopter emergency medical services in this country.

COMMUNITY BOATS PLAY CENTRAL ROLE IN RIVER RESCUES

Operating along our coasts and major inland waterways, a network of community-based rescue boats has assisted in reducing the number of drowning tragedies on Irish waters. We take a look at the work of some of these voluntary organisations in providing invaluable assistance to the frontline emergency services.

DCU PANDEMIC PROJECT LISTENS TO FIRST RESPONDERS’ CONCERNS

Dublin City University research has revealed that contracting the coronavirus and passing it to loved ones is a primary concern for first responders, whilst a lack of facilities and equipment needed for protection and sanitisation is also causing them some distress.

€61 MILLION CAPITAL PROGRAMME ROLLED OUT FOR FIRE SERVICE

A new €61 million Fire Service Capital Programme (2021-2025) will see six new fire stations built, continued support for the construction of a further 12 new fire stations, nine fire station refurbishments, in addition to the allocation of 35 new fire engines.

LAYA HEALTHCARE OPENS LATEST CLINIC IN LIMERICK

Laya Healthcare has opened its third clinic in Limerick, as part of a €5m investment across five Laya Health & Wellbeing Clinics nationwide, to provide a consultant-led alternative to hospital A&E departments, in treating minor injuries and illnesses.

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT SERVICE NOW ONLINE

There has been a great response to a free new mental health service to support people working at the frontline during Covid-19. The initiative has been provided by turn2me – the first organisation in Ireland to provide professional mental health support services entirely online, with funding from Sláintecare.

UK SHOW TO ADAPT EMERGENCY SERVICES TO COVID-19

Transformational change in the emergency services, driven by challenges presented by Covid-19 and the fast pace of technical innovation, will be a major theme of The Emergency Services Show, set to return to Birmingham’s NEC on 7 and 8 September.

MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM PLANS CENTRE AROUND NEW TRAINING BASE

Dublin and Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team (DWMRT) has big plans in place to future proof the service it provides over the next few decades. The team recently submitted a planning application to Wicklow County Council for a proposed new 6,000 square foot two-storey mountain rescue centre and training facility.

IRISH CHARITIES LAUNCH GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS APPEAL

Six of Ireland’s leading international aid charities have joined forces to form the Irish Emergency Alliance in response to the worsening global Covid-19 pandemic and in a bid to save lives in some of the poorest countries in the world.

TELEMEDICINE ZOOMS IN ON A NEW DIGITAL AGE OF PATIENT CARE

Telemedicine may now well become part of the ‘new norm’ and looks set to continue into the future, since the pandemic propelled the Irish healthcare sector into a new digital age, by creating an upsurge in the use of video solutions for medical consultations.  

‘FRONTLINE TO FINISHLINE’ RELAY RAISES €15,000 FOR TWO CHARITIES

Gardaí, fire and ambulance service personnel, community first responders and members from other frontline services who participated in ‘Frontline to Finishline’ charity relay walk recently raised up to €15,000 in aid of Pieta House and ALONE.

‘SHADOW WARRIORS’ LIFTS THE LID ON IRELAND’S SPECIAL FORCES

A new book ‘Shadow Warriors: The Irish Army Ranger Wing’ is the first and only authoritative account of this special forces unit that looks at their inception, advanced training and operations at home and overseas, without breaching operational procedures or tactics, writes co-author Sgt Wayne Fitzgerald.

‘VIRTUAL RESPOND’ COMES TO CFR IRELAND’S RESCUE

Following the postponement of ‘Respond 2020’ in April and cancellation of the rescheduled event due to the Covid-19 pandemic, CFR Ireland has decided to host a ‘Virtual Respond’ on Saturday 24 October instead, to be live-streamed on Facebook.

IRISH MEDIA PARTNER OF ‘EENA CONFERENCE’ 2021

‘Emergency Services Ireland’ is delighted to be the Irish media partner of the EENA Conference & Exhibition,  which has been deferred until the autumn due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and will take place in the Latvian capital of Riga on 6-8 October 2021.  

IRISH AIR CORPS OPERATIONS WING – WATCHFUL AND LOYAL

The Irish Air Corps’ Helicopter Wing, initially formed to focus mainly on Search-And-Rescue operations during the ‘Big Freeze’ in 1963-64, has since developed to provide air medical and support roles to protect and serve communities throughout Ireland, making this small force one of the most modern institutions of its kind in the world.

MAIN FOCUS AREAS FOR A SUCCESSFUL EMERGENCY RESPONSE

The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated that effective co-ordinated emergency planning and preparedness is crucial in minimising casualty numbers, mainly fatalities. Dr Trish Markham, Dr René Gapert and Paul Rock claim that public health requirements and ethical treatment must be upheld throughout the process.

WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO KEEP THE CURVE FLAT?

With a growing use of healthcare apps, wearable sensors and electronic healthcare records, HSE’s National Ambulance Service is adapting technology to improve the services it offers, while allied health professionals have stepped up to expand their scope of practice to provide a safe high-quality service.

AIR AMBULANCE RETURNS TO SEVEN-DAY OPERATION

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, a steady stream of donations and virtual fundraisers has enabled Ireland’s first Charity Air Ambulance Service return to a seven-day operation, and the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service can now continue its mission to save lives.

ORDER OF MALTA COUPLE AT THE FRONTLINE OF COVID-19 RESPONSE

Dr Lisa Guthrie and her husband, Bernard, took on new roles within the Order of Malta Ambulance Corps in January and within the space of two months they found themselves in the middle of a pandemic. Based in Ballina, Co Mayo, the couple have been at the heart of the national response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

SUMMIT TO SAY ABOUT IRELAND’S FUTURE SECURITY NEEDS

There’s a huge appetite for a serious debate on Ireland’s future security needs, demonstrated by the wide ranging discussions from all sectors of the emergency services not to mention the very large attendance at the inaugural National Security Summit, according to Dr Gerry Waldron, Director of Slándáil.

WHO SUPPORTS FRONTLINE EMERGENCY RESPONSE WORKERS?

Emergency services at scene of accident’. Before the Covid-19 pandemic restricted essential travel, these headlines were read regularly, but often thought no more about. However, what about those people who respond to such horrific scenes time and time again, what effect does it have on them and who can they turn to when they need help?

LIFESAVING 24/7 CRISIS TEXT SERVICE NOW IN OPERATION

A new free text-based mental health service funded by the HSE is the first of its kind for Ireland to provide everything from a calming chat to immediate support for people going through a mental health or emotional crisis. It is expected that ‘50808’ will support over 50,000 people each year once it is fully operational.

‘WORLD SLEEPWALKING INTO DISASTER OF COVID-19’ – CONCERN

Humanitarian aid agency Concern Worldwide is calling for a greater global response to both the health and economic impacts of Covid-19 in the developing world, amid fears that the pandemic will leave over one billion people without sufficient food. 

RETIRED US ARMY GENERAL SHARES CRISIS LEADERSHIP LESSONS

As world leaders fight to bring their organisations through the current pandemic, retired US Army General Stanley A. McChrystal recently outlined at an exclusive webinar how the lessons he learned during his high-profile career with the US Armed Forces are still as vital today.