Carrick-on-Shannon Municipal Area councillor, Finola Armstrong-McGuire, has suggested creating a mobile phone app which allows users to access not only the locations of defibrillators around the county, but also the contact details of those trained in the use of the device.
At Monday’s June meeting of the Municipal Area, Cllr Armstrong-McGuire said that it was obvious, following the recent life-saving treatment given to a man in Carrick-on-Shannon who had suffered a heart attack, that there was a real need for an easy access point for those looking for the location of a defibrillator and trained operators.
“The correct use of a defibrillator by trained personnel has meant that many lives have been saved. In printing maps of our towns we should encourage using a symbol which identifies where a defibrillator is stationed,” she said, adding that the development of a mobile phone app could also be considered with automatic updates for locations entered once the defibrillator is certified.
Cllr Sinead Guckian seconded the motion suggesting that maybe Cllr Armstrong-McGuire should contact The Community Forum and get them on board with the idea.
Council Senior Engineer, Michael Flynn, said creating an app would be a great idea while Director of Service, Joseph Gilhooly suggested this was something maybe the business community in Carrick-on-Shannon could get involved in.
“This would certainly be very beneficial,” he said.
Cllr Enda Stenson pointed out that in the Mohill area those organising the defibrillators had circulated a list of the location of each unit and the trained people in each area, he suggested doing this in other locations such as Carrick-on-Shannon while the app idea is being investigated.
Newly elected Cathaoirleach of the Carrick-on-Shannon Muncipal District, Cllr Sinead Guckian, pointed out there were a number of groups in the county with this type of information. She suggested getting everyone holding this type of information together to allow them to feed their information into a central source which could be accessed by the public.