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Community Life Saving

Mid Ulster District Council, in partnership with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) and other agencies are striving to create a Community of Lifesavers.

The goal is to increase the number of people who survive an out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) by strengthening the Chain of Survival.

CPR Training
CPR is a life saving medical procedure which is given to someone who is in cardiac arrest.
It helps to pump blood around the person's body when their heart can’t.

If you would like to attend a future CPR awareness session, please email our Health and Wellbeing team and your details will be added to an expression of interest list.

Automated External Defibrillators (AED) Training
In conjunction with CPR, using an AED can help to return the heart to a normal beating rhythm. An AED will analyse the activity of the heart and advise if a shock is required.

Do you know where your nearest AED is located?

Remember, in a life threatening emergency always ring 999 to request an ambulance. The Emergency team can instruct you in CPR and inform you of the location of the closest AEDs.

Do you own a publically accessible defibrillator?
Register the details and location on the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service website

Community First Responders (CFR)
Do you know what a Community First Responder (CFR) Scheme does?

There are currently 3 CFR schemes operating within the Mid Ulster area.  These are groups of volunteers who live or work within a community and have been trained to respond to and assist at certain 999 calls. 

CFRs are complementary to the ambulance service and make a life-saving contribution before the ambulance crew arrive. We hope that the number of CFRs will increase across Northern Ireland and that existing schemes will expand.

Get involved - join Mid Ulster’s community of lifesavers!
If you feel the role of CFR is something you would like to get involved with then please contact: Janet Shields in Dalriada Urgent Care, email

GoodSam AppSaving lives through technology
This alerting platform enables trained first aiders to provide life-saving care in the critical minutes until the ambulance arrives.