Automatic External Defibrillator at the offices of Leitrim County Council.
Public defibrillators are a valuable resource for communities in the event of an emergency.
Recent community meetings have highlighted the fact that there is no central list of the location of these units in Leitrim.
A cooperative project between Leitrim Volunteering Information Service (VIS) and Leitrim Public Participation Network (PPN) and supported by the National Ambulance Service (NAS) aims to rectify this.
Community groups and individuals will be asked for the details of automated emergency defibrillators (AEDs) throughout the county.
Details of the location, with Eircode and an access code if required will be sent to the NAS so the details are available to a caller in the event of an emergency.
The initiative is also asking for contact details for one or more people in the group that has the defibrillator so that any funding or training information that comes up can be passed on to them.
The Irish Heart Foundation and the NAS support the establishment of Cardiac First Responder Groups and public AEDs. Leitrim Volunteer Service and Leitrim PPN are in close contact with both organisations in support of this initiative.
Letters and emails will be issued to groups that are listed but the input of individuals will be important as many private businesses have also realised the benefits of having a defibrillator on site.
Garda Superintendent Kevin English is currently leading a similar mapping project in the Carrick-on-Shannon Area and recognises the value of AEDs and knowing where they are and when they are available.
This project has developed from meetings of Leitrim PPN and South Leitrim Community Network and is being administered by Bernie Donoghue and Cailin Reynolds of Leitrim VIS and Tracy Ferguson of Leitrim PPN.
If you know the location of a public defibrillator in Leitrim please get in touch as soon as you can.
You can contact Cailin or Bernie at 0719 6 31715 or Tracy at 087 183 1253.
Alternatively, email LeitrimAED@gmail.com and SAVE A LIFE today!