Pictured at the handover of Renault vehicles at UCD School of Medicine were (Back Row): John Kearney CEO ICRR, Dr Phil Darcy (North Dublin), Dr Tomás Barry (South Dublin), Dr Mark Ruddy (South Dublin), Mark Dixon (Advanced Paramedic – Clare); Front Row: Liz O’Gorman, Marketing Manager of Renault Ireland, Dr Niall Conroy (Dublin/Meath), Dr Helen Connolly (Waterford/Kilkenny), Dr Sean O’Rourke (Laois/Offaly) and Prof Gerry Bury (UCD).

Renault Ireland has donated seven vehicles to the Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR) vehicle fleet, which aims to greatly impact ICRR’s volunteer doctors on the road in providing professional pre-hospital emergency care to those in life-threatening emergencies.

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, Renault Ireland is a committed supporter of ICRR and its mission. The donation of the Renault Kadjar crossovers (valued at €250,000) will double the total number of Rapid Response Vehicles (RRVs) operating throughout Ireland.

Six of the new vehicles are equipped with 4×4 capabilities and all are complete with built-in satellite navigation systems to meet the needs of ICRR service providers. These new vehicles will operate in Clare, Dublin, Kilkenny/Waterford, Laois/Offaly, Mayo and Roscommon.

The ICRR RRVs are declared National Ambulance Service (NAS) assets, and are tasked to life-threatening emergencies via the 999/112 system. ICRR also supports almost 200 other doctors responding to emergencies in their communities at local level. Overall, ICRR volunteer doctors responded to almost 1,000 calls in 2017.

Patrick Magee, Country Operations Manager at Renault Ireland, said that by providing seven Renault Kadjars, ICRR’s reach will be expanded to so many more parts of the country. “We wish all the ICRR staff who drive the new Renault Kadjars safe journeys on their missions.”

John Kearney, CEO of ICRR, described the donation as “a big milestone in our journey at ICRR”, and thanked Patrick Magee and his extended team at Renault Ireland for their help in “assisting the expansion of this successful life-saving service”.

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About ICRR: The registered charity was founded by social entrepreneur John Kearney in 2008 to directly deliver professional pre-hospital emergency care in emergency situations throughout Ireland. Since then, ICRR has developed a growing network of volunteer medics, who can be called upon to deliver critical pre-hospital advanced medical interventions within ‘The Golden Hour’- the time when there’s the highest likelihood that prompt medical treatment will prevent serious injury or death.