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Public Access Defibrillator unveiling

A Public Access Defibrillator is set to be unveiled in Crossmaglen on Saturday 2nd January.

The Public Access Cabinet, which has been sponsored anonymously by a generous member of the community, is an essential piece of life-saving equipment which can only be accessed by secure pin code given by Ambulance Service when 999 is contacted to report a cardiac arrest. It can be used by any member of the community should they come across an arrest.

The devices are simple and safe and give clear spoken instructions so users do not require training to operate one. Once in position, the defibrillator detects the heart’s rhythm and will not deliver a shock unless one is needed.

Speaking to The Examiner about the imminent arrival of the town’s first Public Access Defibrillator, Crossmaglen & District Community First Responder Chairman Damien Martin said he is is proud to see the life-saving device installed in the town and invited all to attend its unveiling.

“Our aim is to install one of these in all our local villages of Culloville, Cullyhanna, Silverbridge and Creggan/Glassdrumman,” added Damien.

Should anyone wish to donate towards this initiative please contact the Crossmaglen and District First Responders group via Facebook, email@ or lodge with any member of the Bank of Ireland Crossmaglen Branch stating Crossmaglen & District First Responders. All donations will go towards the cost of the Defibrillator, and help purchase more for across the District and also help the local First Responder group in the future.