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Dara Fitzpatrick Award to be presented on International Women's Day - 8 March
The Dara Fitzpatrick Award, to be presented on International Women's Day (8 March), was launched by the Irish Paramedicine Education and Research Networ to honour the memory of one of Ireland's first female search and rescue pilots. It will recognise inspirational women in Ireland's pre-hospital care community. 

Body cameras to come into force for Gardaí on the frontline
New legislation to allow for the use of body-worn cameras by Gardaí and their canine colleagues to tackle crime and protect national security is now in the pipeline, and Acting Minister for Justice Simon Harris hopes to enact the Garda Síochána (Recording Devices) Bill 2022 quickly to enable the roll-out of a pilot programme later this year.
RCIS's HUGS@Home project to 'support the supporters'
Paramedics and firefighters often need the support from family members and friends to cope after stressful work events. Now a new RCSI research project aims to ‘support the supporters’ by training them in the main elements of Hearing, Understanding, Guiding and Supporting (HUGS) to improve the mental health and wellbeing of their loved ones on the frontline.

Mayo man reaches new heights with eco-powered  defibrillators
Two defibs stored within their own solar powered cabinets are now on Croagh Patrick Mountain, thanks to Darren Forde, Founder and CEO of Eco-Powered Cabinets. Climbing the ‘Reek’  in 2022 he noticed the absence of AEDs on Ireland's holy mountain, which attracts tens of thousands of pilgrims every year.

National Rescue Challenge 2023 gets set for Saturday 22 April 
This year’s National Rescue Challenge returns on Saturday 22 April, and will be hosted by Rescue Organisation Ireland in association with Kildare Fire Service at Newbridge Fire Station. It follows last year’s successful event which was held at Newcastle Aerodrome in Co. Wicklow on 25 June 2022, following a two-year deferral due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ambulance service on course for the next level of training
Macartan Hughes, recently-appointed CPD Manager with the National Ambulance Service, outlines the major changes in the level of training programmes for ambulance service personnel over the decades, with plans to recommence a community paramedic programme and the introduction of a critical care paramedic course.

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