Location of Sligo defibrillators to be highlighted

Moves are underway to raise awareness of the location of cardiac defibrillators in Sligo town and county.

It follows a situation recently in Sligo town in which a person collapsed and no one immediately knew where the nearest defibrillator was located.

The Mayor of Sligo, Fianna Fail Councillor Rosaleen O Grady told this month’s meeting of the county council how maps showing locations of defibrillators will be erected in Sligo town with support from the Sligo Business Improvement District.

She said she had brought the idea to the Sligo BID, the board of which she is a member.

Earlier during the council meeting, Independent Alliance Councillor Marie Casserly proposed that the council in conjunction with the HSE install signs in all public car parks in Sligo town and county indicating where the nearest defibrillator is.

Situations in which an emergency occurs and people do not know where the nearest defibrillator is located was highlighted some time by a Sligo Grammar School student, James Lawlor Kerr, who was interviewed by various media, including Ocean FM.

He had been in the Rockwood Parade area when a person collapsed — but no one immediately knew where to go for a defibrillator.

He subsequently was given a Garda Youth Award for his efforts in highlighting the situation.

Speaking to Ocean FM News, Cllr Casserly also said there is an app that people can use to find the nearest defibrillator.

And she says people can also upload the location of a defibrillator that might not be included in the app.