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‘Life-saving’ device for Carrick Grammar

Carrickfergus Grammar School pupils, Ryan Yeung and Sarah Patterson, with school representative Mr Lyons, receive their defibrillator from Sports Minister Car�l Ni Chuil�n and Declan OMahoney, Chief Executive of defibrillator manufacturer, HeartSine Technologies, at a special ceremony in Stormont.  INCT 51-720-CON

Carrickfergus Grammar School pupils, Ryan Yeung and Sarah Patterson, with school representative Mr Lyons, receive their defibrillator from Sports Minister Car�l Ni Chuil�n and Declan OMahoney, Chief Executive of defibrillator manufacturer, HeartSine Technologies, at a special ceremony in Stormont. INCT 51-720-CON

A Carrickfergus school has been selected to receive a life-saving defibrillator as part of the 2013 World Police and Fire Games legacy.

Carrickfergus Grammar was amongst those deemed to have submitted the best entries explaining why they should receive one of the 45 Automated External Defibrillators, which were originally stationed during this year’s Games at various venues across the province.

The devices, manufactured by Belfast company HeartSine Technologies, were presented to representatives from the selected schools by Sports Minister Carál Ni Chuilín at a special ceremony held at Stormont.

“After the [Games], the focus turns to the legacy and how we can use the momentum of the Games to make a positive impact on people’s lives – particularly in areas of deprivation and social exclusion,” the Minister said.

“That is why I welcome this initiative, which sees a potentially lifesaving piece of equipment given to schools. It is a positive development for those at the schools, and their wider communities. I would like to thank HeartSine Technologies, who manufactured the defibrillators, for their support during the Games, and for this important contribution to the legacy.

“It is impossible to predict when a sudden cardiac arrest may occur. What we can do is prepare best as we can. While I hope this equipment never has to be used, it can make the difference in a potentially life-threatening situation.”

Dr Charles Gould, Chair of the Board of Governors at Carrick Grammar, added: “We are delighted that our pupil Sarah Patterson’s words have brought such a valuable, life-saving device to our school. It is a fitting legacy from the World Police and Fire Games, many of whose members have given their lives for others. Theirs is a torch we are proud to carry.”

Meanwhile, the school recently hosted a Standard Approach to Field Emergencies in Rugby course delivered by the IRFU. Sports coaches from across Carrick’s Learning Community benefited from training to deal with head and neck injuries, fractures, concussion and AED use.

 

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