Mullingar Fire Station will be the location for this year’s National Rescue & CPR Challenge on Saturday 11 May, with the annual event set to provide Ireland’s statutory and voluntary emergency services with an opportunity to demonstrate and share their skillsets in cardiac arrest management, road traffic collisions and pre-hospital trauma care.
The National Rescue Challenge, organised by Rescue Organisation Ireland, is the only event in Ireland where both the statutory and voluntary emergency services come together to share their skills and compete in these crucial disciplines of patient care.
Rescue Organisation Ireland (ROI) will join forces with Westmeath Fire Service to host this year’s event at Mullingar Fire Station on 11 May, which will provide a range of learning opportunities for fire crews, emergency services and community first responders. There will also be a free ‘CPR Challenge’, in partnership with Hibernian Healthcare, which will be open to members of the public.
The national event is hosted by ROI every year to focus on improving, updating and standardising the training for EMS and fire services personnel when responding to Road Traffic Collisions (RTCs) on Irish roads.
The National Rescue Challenge in Mullingar Fire Station will determine and select the top RTC Extrication and Trauma teams to go forward to represent Ireland at this year’s World Rescue Challenge (WRC2024) on 5-9 November in Portugal.
ABOUT RESCUE ORGANISATION IRELAND: The voluntary organisation and a registered charity was founded in 2008 by members of Ireland’s fire and emergency services to improve, update and standardise the training of emergency services personnel, in particular firefighters, who regularly respond and deal with road traffic collisions on Ireland’s roads.
According to the ROI’s Executive Committee, “ROI was set up in response to the consistently high level of incidents on our roads and how we as professionals in the emergency services can strive to improve and train to be better at what we do.
“It is only by the drive and commitment of its members that we have developed to the point that ROI is now the leading authority on crash rescue techniques and RTC training in Ireland.
“The ROI Executive Committee comprises members from across the island and covers various roles and organisations across the Irish emergency services. Every year the organisation holds this National Rescue Challenge event, which is focused on RTC Extrication and Trauma scenarios, in addition to hosting regular Skills Development Days.
“These events are hosted in different locations around Ireland, in conjunction with the fire authority in that area, as a means of promoting casualty centred training and the ‘Rescue Challenge’ concept in all parts of Ireland.”