Statement issued by Irish Community Rapid Response Critically needed Air Ambulance in fresh funding threat Cancelled events and reduced donations pose fresh threat to lifesaving service
Statement issued by Irish Community Rapid Response
Critically needed Air Ambulance in fresh funding threat
Cancelled events and reduced donations pose fresh threat to lifesaving service
Air Ambulance needs public support now more than ever to ensure much needed lifesaving flights continue
The Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR) led Air Ambulance is in need of public support to keep flying its lifesaving service as it faces fresh funding threats due to the necessary cancellation of fundraising events in communities across Ireland in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ICRR Lifesaver membership is a regular monthly donation for the price of a cup of a coffee per week, but it’s impact can ensure real lives are saved across Ireland by keeping this vital service in the air, as demand for the service is increasing during the pandemic crisis.
Operations Manager for the charity funded service, Ruth Bruton said:
“The safety of the public, including the most vulnerable in our society is paramount, and we are heeding the advice of our Government in the fight against COVID-19. However, we largely rely on the support of the public and community-based events which have all been cancelled or postponed and our in demand lifesaving service faces fresh threats if we cannot ensure funding for our next lifesaving mission. The ICRR Lifesaver Membership offers a safe way to donate in the current climate, a regular donation of just €10 per month can keep us airborne.”
The ICRR Air Ambulance is estimated to fly 600 missions in 2020, having flown over 325 mission in just over 7 months of service, but with unlike larger charities with huge reserves, ICRR relies on community support for its lifesaving missions. These future missions are at risk without continued support. The ICRR Air Ambulance uses one of the fastest commercially available helicopters to put 25,000km2 within 20 minutes of flight. This ensures people in geographically challenging areas have access to critical care when they need it most.
“The ICRR Lifesaver Membership is a safe and practical way of supporting sick and injured people during the current COVID-19 pandemic as our service has increased demand. Your ICRR Air Ambulance is here for you and your loved ones when you need us most, now we need 10,000 new members to join our Lifesaver Membership to keep us flying. ICRR is a small charity with a mammoth task, our pilots and medics cannot save lives without your lifesaving donation. You can be part of the Chain of Survival by signing up on our website, www.icrr.ie or contact our office on 0214190999 for more information from our team” Ms. Bruton said.
The ICRR Air Ambulance, has already reduced its service to a five day only per week service as a cost saving measure, to ensure the service can continue into the future. The ICRR Air Ambulance, a HEMS service, is run in partnership between the charity, and the HSE National Ambulance Service (NAS), who provide the medical crew. NAS tasks the service through 112 / 999 calls to its National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC). However, the helicopter, pilots, air-base, insurance and fuel are 100% funded through donations to the charity, ICRR.