Bank of Ireland has donated a defibrillator to the Community First Responders (CFR) scheme in Nenagh. This is part of a commitment by Bank of Ireland to donate 10 defibrillators to CFR schemes nationwide.
This donation was made as part of Bank of Ireland’s Be At Your Best programme. As part of this programme, staff from Bank of Ireland hosted a Couch to 5k Run with 700 staff taking part.
Arising from the success of this run, the bank made the decision to get involved with Community First Responders schemes and to make the donation of these ten defibrillators.
Defibrillators are small devices that are placed on the chest or abdomen and use electrical pulses or shocks to help control life-threatening arrhythmias, especially those that can cause sudden cardiac arrest.
CFR schemes are community groups who are working in conjunction with the National Ambulance service as a first response unit for 999 calls for cardiac instances in the area.
Bank of Ireland’s donation will allow communities who have set up a CFR scheme, trained volunteers, and purchased uniforms to get the scheme up and running, working in conjunction with the National Ambulance Service with the ultimate goal of saving lives.
Dympna Harty from Bank of Ireland Nenagh said: “We were delighted to get involved in this initiative as it not only created a greater awareness among our staff of how simply a life can be saved but also gave us a chance to give something back to the Community who support us constantly in our business and help them provide such an essential service.”