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Community First Responders groups stood down

 On Thursday evening the Crossmaglen Community First Responders announced it is suspending its service following a directive from NI Ambulance Service.

An emotional Facebook post announcing the information read: “It is with a heavy heart and much regret that tonight we announce that we have to suspend our service. We have received information from the Medical Director of Northern Ireland Ambulance Service to inform us that they are standing down all First Responder Schemes across the north due to the outbreak of COVID-19.”

The spokesperson said the group will function in other ways to help support those most at need during the coronavirus crisis and urged the community to heed official advice to stay safe.

“Whilst we regret this decision, we fully support it and we will continue to serve our community in other ways. We would like to offer our services if anyone either in isolation, vulnerable or elderly need any assistance with shopping or medication.  Please send a message to the page where someone in the team will be happy to help.

“A massive thank you to everyone that has supported us over the years.  We will be back, hopefully in the not too distant future, and we look forward to helping our community again.  Please continue to look after yourselves, your family and friends and follow the advice from the public health agency.

“We must come together as a community by staying apart from each other.”