Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR), a charity dedicated to delivering pre-hospital care to people in serious life-threatening emergencies through volunteer medical professionals across Ireland.
The preventable loss of a child’s life in West Cork in 2006 was the catalyst that led to the formation of Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR). Galvanised by the tragedy, community members embarked on a mission: to expedite the delivery of professional A&E care to life-threatening emergencies in rural or disadvantaged urban areas. By harnessing the goodwill of local doctors and advanced paramedics, the West Cork community established Ireland’s first voluntary Rapid Response organisation.
Since 2008, ICRR has been developing a network of over 200 volunteer doctors throughout Ireland who can be called on to deliver critical medical interventions within “the golden hour,” meaning the time period during which there is the highest likelihood that prompt medical treatment will prevent serious injury or death. This number is set to rise to 250 volunteer doctors this year.
ICRR has nine Rapid Response Vehicles (RRV's) nationwide that are National Ambulance Service assets and complement the existing National Ambulance Service model. The voluntary doctors are tasked via 999/112 call dispatchers at the National Emergency Operations Centre, and when available, they attend serious life-threatening emergencies in their own locality either on foot or in their own vehicles.
We are delighted to bringing on of these cars to Clare and have this going live this year. As always these cars is in serious need of community support and fundraising to keep them going.
Building on our experience and success we aim to provide Ireland’s first dedicated charity-funded helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS). Based out of Cork Airport, ICRR’s Community Air Ambulance will primarily cover Munster and South Leinster. We will offer a vital lifesaving service, offering fast access to advanced clinical interventions at the roadside by highly trained pre-hospital emergency care medical personnel. Most critically, the Community Air Ambulance can bring the casualty to the hospital that best suits their life-saving needs, not just the closest geographically.
The Community Air Ambulance is an important fundraising focus for ICRR in 2018.