Irish bus company installs defibrillators in its vehicles

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
City Direct will install the life-saving equipment in buses on one of its routes, and plans to roll this out across its whole fleet.
City Direct, the second-largest bus operator in Ireland has announced the introduction of defibrillators and first aid-trained drivers on shuttle buses operating on its NUIG Park & Ride service in Galway (Ireland). This route serves the National University of Ireland, Galway and many of its students and staff.

Defibrillation is a common treatment for life-threatening cardiac arrests. The application of this method until the arrival of emergency services has been shown to increase the chances of survival. Cardiovascular disease is a major cause of death in Ireland, and early intervention would undoubtedly save lives. City Direct plans to extend provision of defibrillators to every vehicle in its fleet.

The inclusion of life-saving first aid equipment on public transportation could help people with long-term health problems to feel safer and more secure when taking public transport, knowing that there is a strategy in place if a medical emergency arises. In this way the opportunity to use public transportation is extended and passengers with additional needs are catered for.

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