Renault Ireland has donated seven Renault Kadjar crossovers to the Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR) vehicle fleet at a handover at UCD School of Medicine.
Front row: Liz O’Gorman Marketing Manager Renault Ireland, Dr Niall Conroy (Dublin/Meath), Dr Helen Connolly (Waterford/Kilkenny), Dr Sean O’Rourke (Laois/Offaly), Professor Gerry Bury (UCD)
Back row: John Kearney CEO ICRR, Dr Phil Darcy (North Dublin), Dr Tomás Barry (South Dublin), Dr Mark Ruddy (South Dublin), Mr Mark Dixon (Advanced Paramedic – Clare)
Irish Community Rapid Response is a registered charity which was founded by social entrepreneur John Kearney in 2008 to deliver professional pre-hospital emergency care directly to the site of emergencies throughout Ireland.
As part of its CSR programme, Renault Ireland is a committed supporter of ICRR and its mission, and this donation will greatly impact ICRR’s volunteer doctors on the road in providing professional pre-hospital emergency care to those in life-threatening emergencies.
The donation of the vehicles, valued at €250,000, will double the total number of Rapid Response Vehicles (RRVs) operating throughout Ireland. Six of the new vehicles are equipped with 4×4 capabilities and all are complete with built-in satellite navigation systems to meet the needs of ICRR service providers. These new vehicles will operate in Clare, Dublin, Kilkenny/Waterford, Laois/Offaly, Mayo and Roscommon.
The ICRR RRVs are declared National Ambulance Service (NAS) assets, and are tasked to life-threatening emergencies via the 999/112 system. ICRR also supports almost 200 other doctors responding to emergencies in their communities at local level. Overall, ICRR volunteer doctors responded to almost 1,000 calls in 2017.
Patrick Magee, Country Operations Manager Renault Ireland, said: “We are delighted to be in a position to assist this fantastic service which has saved so many lives around the country since 2008. It’s an amazing operation and we know that by providing our seven Renault Kadjars, ICRR’s reach will be expanded to so many more parts of the country. We wish all the ICRR staff who drive the new Renault Kadjars safe journeys on their missions.”
John Kearney, CEO ICRR, said: “This is a big milestone in our journey at ICRR. I want to acknowledge Patrick Magee and his extended team at Renault Ireland for their help in assisting the expansion of this successful life-saving service.”