AS part of the ‘Save a Life’ campaign, Cork Airport is offering Cardiac First responder training (CFR) to all airport staff at a discounted rate of €50 to cover course and certification costs.
Emergency First Responders (EFR’s) of the Airport Police Fire and Rescue Service have saved numerous victims of sudden cardiac arrest within the airport and surrounds, including most recently a customer of the Cork International Hotel.
EFR’s will train staff and other businesses at Cork Airport and a public defibrillator has been located centrally in the terminal next to the check-in desks, so that anyone who has been trained to use one can do so effectively.
Speaking at the launch of the training, Cork Airport fire officer Warren Delaforce said: ‘The course is a beneficial life skill that can be learned in a four-hour training session and has to be renewed every two years. Since 2002 we have been trained to respond to all kinds of medical emergencies and especially cardiovascular related illnesses.’
He said the training is not just confined to the workplace as the skills can be put to good use in social and domestic environments, as was demonstrated when APF Rob Jenkins saved the life of his opponent who fell victim to sudden cardiac arrest during a tennis match.
Also, APF Fergal Sargent found a cyclist collapsed by the roadside having suffered a cardiac arrest and his speedy intervention was key to the man’s full recovery.