The First Responders and Civil Defence Lecture Day

12 December 2023

8 Dec 2023


Photo L to R: Garda C. Egan, An Garda Siochana, Mr. John Sreenan Volunteer Cork City Civil Defence, Ms Denise Forde Instructor, Cork City Civil Defence, Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE, Mr Sean Healy Instructor, Cork City Civil Defence, Mr Liam Ring Volunteer, Cork City Civil Defence.

People from across various agencies attended this important day which helps to build new interagency co-operation.

The College of Medicine and Health was delighted to welcome first responders to UCC on Saturday 2nd December 2023.

  • Civil Defence – Cork City and Cork West
  • St John Ambulance Brigade
  • Community First Responder Groups
  • Cork City Fire Brigade
  • National Ambulance Service Cork

Education Training days like Saturday give Volunteers an opportunity to improve their knowledge and skills, it enhances their motivation and gives them a greater insight into other Volunteer opportunities and career options.

These sessions also allow encourage interactions across various agencies to share experiences and build new interagency co-operation.

Organised by Dr Tony Lynch and Veronica Forde, A/Civil Defence Officer, an impressive line-up of speakers including Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE, presented during the day on topics including Helicopter Medicine, First Responders’ Mental Health and Paediatric Emergencies.

First Responders & Civil Defence Lecture Day Schedule 2nd December 2023

Photos L-R Clockwise:

Mr Ger O’Dea, Community Engagement Manager, Ger spoke about the effectiveness of Community First Responder groups throughout Ireland. Dr. Sandra Peake, CEO, Wave Trauma Centre, Belfast spoke about the importance of First Responders Mental Health. Dr. Hugh Doran GP, Mr Finbarr McCarthy Instructor Cork City Civil Defence, Prof. Conor Deasy, Consultant Emergency Medicine CUH, making a presentation to Dr. Doran to acknowledge his service to the communities of Cork. Dr Hugh Doran GP demonstrating some of the equipment,  in his specialised vehicle, that he uses both inside and outside his GP.