DBM Community Responder Scheme

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The DBM Community responder scheme is run and coordinated by volunteers. We have a very dedicated group who wish to help their communities when needed. 

Our volunteers work on a 24/7 

'on call' basis. 

         Types of calls we attend

Our volunteers attend 4 types of emergency calls, CARDIAC ARREST




While these calls are all very different, our responders are trained to treat these patients until the arrival of National Ambulance service.


We have over 41 volunteer responders covering the 3 towns. These volunteers are all ordinary people who have committed their valuable time to helping their communities. Our volunteers are living in a wide section of the community and are willing to help whenever needed. They are trained to a minimum level of Cardiac First Responder, with some having greater qualifications such as Occupational First aid, Emergency First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician.  

These volunteers help by providing an early response in the provision of primary life saving treatment and support to a member of their community who calls 999/112 to request an ambulance for someone suffering a sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack, choking or stroke. 

A CFR is a person who has successfully completed a PHECC (Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council) accredited Cardiac First Response course within 2 years. This course teaches each participant how to correctly perform adult, child and infant CPR, Foreign Body Airway Obstruction (choking), recognition of a stroke patient, basic pre hospital treatment for someone suffering a heart attack and aspirin administration. 

How a call works

DBM responder scheme operates 7 km radius of the post office of each of the 3 towns of Doneraile, Buttevant and Mallow. If someone within this area calls 999/112 and requests an ambulance for someone suffering from cardiac arrest, foreign body airway obstruction (choking), suspected heart attack or stroke. the National Ambulance Control Center will send a text message to the closest ambulance crew which in our case is Mallow. Simultaneously this text message is sent to the scheme coordinator. He then forwards this text to the people on call in the relevant area. 

This text contains the age, sex, chief complaint and address of the emergency.

Once the responder has acknowledged that they are attending the call the coordinator replies to ambulance control center to let the know there is a responder is en route to the call. Once the responder is on scene they then contact the coordinator again to let them know and the coordinator informs ambulance control. 

The CFR responder will treat the patient in accordance with PHECC Clinical Practice Guidelines until the ambulance arrives when they will give an accurate handover to the paramedic or advanced paramedic which will include any information gathered and treatment given. They fill out a Cardiac First Response Report Form and give a copy to the ambulance personnel. 

When the responder leaves the scene they will again inform the coordinator who will once again pass on that information on to ambulance control who will put the responder scheme free to attend other calls. 


We provide 2 training nights each month. One night in Mallow and one night in Buttevant the following week. This allows responders to maintain a high skill level. We have  experienced instructors who organise and run our training nights. We also invite experts and speakers to assist and advise us.

We are currently in the process of forming a medical advisory panel.