I had the pleasure of running a couple of very brief social media workshops at respond 2014 a few days ago. This was the first national conference for community first responders and got off to a great start with more than 300 people.
Community first response was an alien idea to me until a fee months ago. I expected a rather amateurish bunch of enthusiastic civilians but was pleasantly surprised to find a highly motivated and enthusiastic group of volunteers who were well trained under a national structure. The main aim is of course to provide high quality CPR and early defibrillation as soon as possible in the event of cardiac arrest. Given the often rural nature of Ireland the concept of first responders is valuable.
Congrats to all for a great conference.