National Order of Malta Ambulance Corps Senior Competitions is taken place in Limerick City.
Limerick is to play host the the National Order of Malta Ambulance Corps Senior Competitions
As the Ambulance Corps of the Order of Malta celebrates 70 years operating in Limerick City and 80 years nationally it has chosen Limerick to host this year’s National Open Competitions ( National Order of Malta Ambulance Corps Senior Competitions). On Saturday, September 15 a series of emergency scenarios will be staged at various locations around Limerick city centre open for the public to see. Participants will be graded on how best they apply their training to the given circumstance.
Order of Malta Ireland is one of the largest providers of first–aid and voluntary medical services in Ireland. As part of an International organisation working in over 120 countries, with a heritage stretching back to the Knights Hospitallers, it was established in 1938 in Galway. From small beginnings it has developed into an organisation of over 3,000 members in more than 80 Units spread throughout communities all over Ireland and Northern Ireland.
There are four core services that Order of Malta Ireland participates in:
Their thousands of members volunteer their time on a weekly basis to provide the highest standard of first-aid medical services at national and local events, training in life-saving skills and delivering community care initiatives. They continue to save, touch and change thousands of lives with our efforts every year.
With over 80 units around the island of Ireland a strong contingent of First Aid responders, Emergency First Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics have already registered to partake in one or more of the possible categories.
‘’Previous years have included scenarios ranging from an explosion at a family BBQ all the way to simulated drownings and road traffic collisions so anything is possible. As it is organised centrally the exact locations are currently under wraps but they will be around the City Centre itself possibly on each side of the River Shannon given that the central hub of the competitions is the Strand hotel ’’ explained Adj Bryan Crosby, Officer in Charge of the Limerick Unit. ‘’This year, like all previous years, the entrants will have to deal with the situation as best they can given their clinical training and contend with this situation being out of the classroom in open view of the public’’ Whilst I wish all competitors the best of luck in their categories I can’t help but be a little biased towards those representing the Limerick Unit’ he joked.
Officer in Charge of Competitions Cmdt. Tony O Mara went on to explain that’’ Whilst the competitions are a great way for volunteers across the country to put their training to the test it provides a great opportunity for members of the Ambulance Corps to catch up and enjoy the social side of the organisation. ‘Some of these members might only see each other at the larger national events that volunteers from Order of Malta Ambulance Corps provide medical cover at such as Croagh Patrick or the National Ploughing Championship and that regardless of competition results this annual weekend always proves popular for everyone.’’.
Tony went on to explain that following competitions on the Saturday morning and afternoon there will be a special gala dinner held that evening in which the results of the competitions will be announced followed by live band and DJ at the Strand Hotel.
More information about joining the Ambulance Corps here in Limerick can be obtained from [email protected].
For information with regards attending the Gala Dinner of National Order of Malta Ambulance Corps Senior Competitions on the September 15 tickets can be obtained at [email protected].
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