Published on February 18th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer0
ICRR Release 2020 Operation Figures
The Irish Community Rapid Response Air Ambulance service has released it figures for 2020. It was the first full year of operations following on from the first missions they completed in July 2019. They completed 490 missions across 13 counties during the year. July was their busiest month with 59 callouts. Road traffic accidents was the highest reason for a callout with almost one fifth of all missions. Other critical mission responses were for cardiac arrests (81), farming accidents (46) and fall from heights (29).
While most incidents were in the Munster region, other callouts came from as far as Co Galway, Roscommon, Offaly, Kilkenny and Wexford. The Air Ambulance service can reach an area of over 25,000km2 within 30 minutes of receiving a call. The service is based at Rathcoole in North Co. Cork and the service is staffed by advanced paramedics and emergency medical technicians from the National Ambulance Service.
Speaking on the release of the recent figures, ICRR Chief Executive Michael Sheridan said “The statistics show the demand that exists for an air ambulance based in the south of the country. The ICRR Air Ambulance is airbourne within 4 minutes of being tasked by the National Ambulance Service. It is thirty minutes away from most of the areas with its catchment. This service needs the continuing support of our community fundraisers and corporate supporters. A priority for us in 2021 is to work with other partners to ensure everyone on the island of Ireland is within 30 minutes of an air ambulance service either provided by ICRR or the Irish Air Corps”
A new helicopter with a longer range is due to be delivered later this year. The ICRR has recently launched its new ‘Further Faster’ campaign to raise the €1.5million needed to fund the service and the acquisition of the new helicopter. Further details can be found on the ICRR Facebook page.
Photo by Gabriel Desmond