Following the postponement of ‘Respond 2020’ in April and cancellation of the rescheduled event in October due to the ongoing pandemic, CFR Ireland has decided to host a ‘Virtual Respond’ on Saturday 24 October instead, which will be livestreamed on its Facebook Page.
In recent correspondence to the network of community first responders (CFRs) around the country, CFR Ireland said that a phenomenal amount of work had been done for what would have been the 7th Respond Conference.
“However, Covid-19 put a halt to our plans. The decision was made as we believe it would be unsafe to run such a large event and very difficult to maintain social distancing. We feel the combination of the large numbers and with the involvement of so many of our National Ambulance Services, healthcare staff and volunteers that it would be unfair to ask anybody to undertake the unnecessary risk,” it noted.
CFR Ireland – the umbrella organisation for the community first responder network – has decided to organise ‘Virtual Respond’ on Saturday 24 October, which will start at 10am with presentations from the National Ambulance Service, Irish Heart Foundation, Irish Coast Guard, and other contributions including some from CFRs.
The annual conference and exhibition had originally been due to take place on 25 April, before it was rescheduled for October. And with the ongoing pandemic, the final decision was taken by CFR Ireland’s Organising Committee to put back the event to 6 March 2021 at the Mullingar Park Hotel, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
For those CFRs who had booked their tickets for ‘Respond 2020’ CFR Ireland said it will transfer bookings directly to the new date, and will also ensure delegates get their selected workshops. So, except for the new date, nothing else has changed with the event.