Finally it looks like the Air Ambulance based in Rathcoole is to get the go-ahead:
“Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD, announced today (Friday) that a new aeromedical service in the South will be launched in the coming weeks following the signing of a Service Level Agreement between the HSE and Irish Community Rapid Response.
Welcoming the news, Minister Harris said “I am delighted that a new aeromedical service in the South will commence shortly. I would like to thank the HSE National Ambulance Service and Irish Community Rapid Response for its commitment in developing this Service Level Agreement and ensuring the necessary clinical and corporate governance arrangements are such that the new service will be safe, robust and sustainable.
The service will see the establishment of a charitably funded Helicopter Emergency Medical Service in the South, which will operate from Rathcoole Aerodrome, just northeast of Millstreet, County Cork. The service will complement the existing aeromedical services and improve aeromedical access to the South of Ireland …”
[read the full statement on the Department of Health website]
[read more …] “Air Ambulance Helicopter to get the Green Light”
The Launch of The Millstreet Vintage Club Truck Run which is supporting the Irish Community Rapid Response on the provision of an Air Ambulance from Rathcoole will take place on tommorrow Sunday June 2nd in Millstreet Town Park,the Truck Run itself will take place on Sunday July 28th.
Those interested in the Air Ambulance and its Service can get a view of the AW109 helicopter in Millstreet Town Park on Sunday at 4pm.
Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR) founder John Kearney has been striving for a decade to launch a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) in Ireland.
When in operation, the helicopter will be within 20 minutes’ flying distance of a large swathe of the south of the country, from Kerry to Wexford, covering much of the area.
The air ambulance is expected to respond to up to 500 calls per year, and bring most of the population of a 15,000-square-kilometre area within 20 minutes of critical medical care over seven days a week.
It will be critical in getting emergency cases from inaccessible locations to hospitals.
So why not come along to Millstreet Town Park on Sunday June 2nd at 4pm to see at first hand what this unique Service is all about,Everybody is very welcome to attend.
If you wish to do so you can now Donate to the ICRR Air Ambulance with the Instructions stated below.
The Proceeds of the Annual Christmas Morning Climb will be presented to Representatives of the Irish Air Ambulance Group on Tonight Thursday Night Feb 7th at 8.00 pm sharp in Aubane Community Centre. To all those who climbed on Christmas Morning we would love to see you there and Everybody Welcome to come along on the Night.
SET DANCING: There will be no Set Dancing in Aubane Community Centre over Christmas. It will be back again on January 7th
RTÉ news yesterday featured the new Community Air Ambulance which touched down in Kerry Airport, but it never said that it will be based out Rathcoole Airfield.
“We had initially looked at Cork Airport but felt that north Cork would be a better location as it would give us more land coverage. The weather also tends to be a lot better in north Cork than at the airport as it is farther away from the sea, a consideration we felt was vitally important in maintaining a 24/7, around-the-clock service. There was also the issue of securing suitable hangar space at Cork Airport. For many different considerations, Rathcoole is the perfect location for the service, which we hope to have operational within the next six weeks This will be a real asset for the north Cork region,”
[read more …] “New Air Ambulance to be based in Rathcoole Airfield”