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Free Basic Life Support Training for the public Launched by Lord Mayor, Cllr. Deirdre Clune


The Lord Mayor, Cllr. Deirdre Clune, photographed at the launch of the Free Basic Life Support Training for the public. From Left to Right:, John O'Donovan, Workplace Partnership Facilitator, Cork City Council, Bernard Flynn, Health Service Executive, Denis Fenton, Health Service Executive, John Ryan, Chief Fire Officer, Cork City Fire Brigade, Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Deirdre Clune, Tim O'Brien, Cork City Fire Brigade, Peter Curley, Health Service Executive, Ulrick O'Connor, Cork City Council and Danny O'Regan, Health Service Executive.



Details of Basic Life Support (BLS) courses were unveiled by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Deirdre Clune, at the official launch of the training weekend, in City Hall on 23rd January 2006.


The 4 X four-hour courses which will be delivered free of charge to the public on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th March 2006 are being organized by Cork City Council in partnership with the Health Service Executive – Southern Area and the Irish Heart Foundation.


Ireland has the highest rate of heart disease in the EU and one of the highest in the world. “While this is a startling statistic” said Lord Mayor, Cllr. Deirdre Clune, “I am delighted to see that we are addressing the situation here in Cork. I encourage members of the public to avail of this free training, particularly people living with someone with a heart condition.”


“Most cases of cardiac arrest occur outside of hospital. One of several ways that ordinary citizens can help to reduce death and disability from heart disease in their community is to learn what immediate steps to take in the event of someone suffering a sudden heart attack, cardiac arrest, or stroke.  For instance, in countries such as the US, Seattle has one of the best survival rates of ‘out of hospital’ cardiac arrest in the world because more than 60% of the population have learned basic life support. Learning basic life support skills will always stand to someone as anyone of us at anytime may be in a position to help someone suffering  a heart attack or someone who is choking,” said Bernard Flynn, Community First Responder and Resuscitation Trainer/Organiser, HSE Southern Area. 

The aim of the courses is to help improve the survival rate from out of hospital cardiac arrest and will include::

  • Awareness raising of the incidence, causes and effects of heart disease and stroke,
  • teach participants how to recognise the signs and symptoms of angina, heart attack, cardiac arrest and stroke,
  • show how to help someone who is choking or unconscious,
  • how to contact the Ambulance Service in an emergency
  • Adult, child and infant CPR

Training Schedule

Dates: Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th March 2006
Venue: Millennium Hall, City Hall, Cork.


Morning courses: Registration 8.45 a.m., course 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Afternoon courses: Registration 1.45 p.m., course 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Further details on courses are available from:

Bernard Flynn, Community First Responder and Resuscitation Trainer/Organiser, HSE Southern Area 021/4927393 or 087/2898075.


To book a place on the course, contact Cork City Fire Brigade 021/4966333,
9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.

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