Ireland

St John Ambulance Ireland news, courses, announcements that are relevant to all divisions

Requiescat in Pace – Noel Brady SBStJ

It is with a sense of great personal sadness that I wish to confirm the passing away of our esteemed colleague, friend and mentor Noel Brady SBStJ, RIP; Staff Officer and Member of St John Ambulance Ireland since 1939. Noel has been a loyal and dedicated servant to his community through his Membership of St John Ambulance Ireland for close to 80 years.

 

Staff Officer Noel Brady SBStJ

 

Indeed, it was in Noel’s honour that we inaugurated a 75 years’ service medal when Noel reached that milestone a few short years ago. Noel – or ‘Uncle Noel’… Continue reading

Maiden Duty for SJ63 – Interagency Cooperation

While many members were celebrating the wide variety of State-Funded & Voluntary ‘blue light’ services at FESSEF 2016 yesterday, the newest vehicle in the St John Ambulance Ireland fleet – SJ63 – was covering her first duty in Cork.

SJ-63 outside Cork University Hospital Emergency Dept, having transported her first patient on her first duty

A 5 kilometre ocean race almost had a tragic outcome when a male swimmer was struck by hypothermia. He became unresponsive and was rescued from the water by Kinsale RNLI. After a succinct handover, the patient was stabilised on site by EMTs Sean & Barry.… Continue reading

Life of a Volunteer

Last night saw the beginning of another season for Leinster Rugby. That meant, of course, that St John Ambulance were on site from well before kick-off til after the crowds dispersed. After the long evening duty, members of North Kildare Division were returning their ambulance to its base in Celbridge when they were flagged down by a motorist.

Members arriving for duty in the RDS

Having pulled in safely and assessing the scene, it was apparent that the motorist was bringing his wife – who was complaining of chest pain – to hospital.

After a brief… Continue reading

Michael O’Reilly recognised for his work as Medical Coordinator for Public Events in the Cork area

Today saw D/O Michael O’Reilly from Cork received by Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Chris O’Leary in recognition of the work done by Michael as Medical Co-ordinator for public events in the Cork area. Michael who has worked with SJAI for 40 years works alongside the local authority, Gardai, our sister organisations and event organisers to ensure the best level of medical cover for all public events in the Cork City Council area. Cllr O’Leary, a former volunteer with the Civil Defense, strongly praised the dedication of Michael and all the other volunteers who give up so much time to… Continue reading

1916 – The Other Volunteers The Story of St John Ambulance during the Rising

The St John Ambulance Association had been teaching first aid to lay-people in Ireland since 1881. In 1903, eminent physician Dr John Lumsden – the Chief medical officer at the Guinness Brewery – set up the first division of the St John Ambulance Brigade in Ireland. The purpose of the Brigade was to provide trained, uniformed personnel to assist at accidents and medical emergencies. At the time, membership was restricted to Guinness employees. However, the organisation grew quickly and the first Division open to public membership – City of Dublin – formed in 1905.

St John Ambulance rapidly gained respect… Continue reading