St John Ambulance Brigade of Ireland

Southern Command


First Aid and Ambulance Cover For Events Print E-mail

The primary service on offer from St John Ambulance, Cork City, is the provision of first aid at public events through the attendance of our members and ambulances. Our uniformed volunteers are highly trained to provide effective first aid at entertainment and sports events through out Cork City.

Large and small public events often cannot go ahead without first aid and ambulance cover. This is often due to insurance difficulties. All street and public event organisers, by law, must now produce a safety plan which includes first aid provision. St John Ambulance, Cork City, can offer services that allow organisers to meet this requirement and offer the peace of mind that should any medical emergency arise, the correct equipment and personnel will be in place to deal with it.

Efficient and Courteous Members.

We have decades of experience in this area. We have a large body of trained volunteers. Three state of the art ambulances available to attend events. We also have an off road vehicle which allows us operate in more difficult terrain. This is ideal for events such as horse racing or cross country running.

We also help other voluntary agencies, who may require extra personnel and ambulances to man their events, and call on their assistance when we are busy as well. These organisations include the Order of Malta, Irish Red Cross, and the Civil Defense. This continued co-operation is mutually beneficial for all our organisations. St John Ambulance, Cork City, is constantly busy providing first aid and ambulance cover at different events.

We work with the Health Service Executive for some large-scale events. In the past, these have included Tour De France and Irish Open Golf. We also covered the National Ploughing Champs, and Feile. Large concerts, when they come to Cork, are usually covered by the Brigade.

State of the Art Equipment

This Division consists of people from all walks of life and of all ages. Health care professionals work alongside tradespeople, home-makers alongside paramedics and all with one common goal, to provide a first aid service to the people of Cork.

All members start out with a basic first aid course and progress to Emergency Medical First Responder, certified by the National Ambulance Training School. This gives a pool of highly trained volunteers capable of dealing with any emergency in a well practised manner. 

As you can imagine, we cover over four hundred events a year, so we can be very busy some weeks. Small events with personnel only are done with a donation to the Brigade. The attendance of an ambulance carries a charge. These monies go towards the expense of equipment and vehicles.

We provide cover for a large number of equestrian events, and point to points. We also cover Thai-Boxing and Tea Kwan Do, and some motor-cross and kart racing. We cover all larger GAA, Soccer and Rugby games in the Cork area. This accounts for a large portion of our work annually. All large annual street events such as St Patrick's Day parade and Eucharistic Procession etc. are also covered, often in conjunction with our sister organisations. 

Equipment currently in use by The Brigade includes three state of the art Renault Master Crusader Ambulances. These are converted at ATT Papworth in the UK, and are single stretcher multi-purpose vehicles. Defibrillation equipment includes Life-pack 7, Life-pack 300 and Laerdal FR2s.

We use Motorola radio equipment in vehicles and hand-held, which gives us great capability while on duty. We would like to think that we provide an excellent professional service, with voluntary staff.