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Irish Tug Of War

In a positive move promoting health & safety the Irish Tug Of War association has moved to secure four defibrillators (one for each province) from First Aid Ireland in association with Safetytec provided the training in the use of these AED on the 2nd of June in the Tullamore court hotel. 24 people were trained on the day with 6 from each province.



The Irish Heart Foundation is an administrative body for a CPR & ECC Training Programme and is responsible for ensuring that all courses and training is conducted following the appropriate standards and guidelines.

The Irish Heart Foundation is an International Training Centre (ITC) affiliated to the American Heart Associationís ECC Training Programme and is also a recognised Training Institution of the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) in Ireland and follows the guidelines set by both organisations. The Foundation offers a variety of courses across the disciplines of Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) through its affiliation with the AHA and Cardiac First Response (CFR) courses through its recognition by PHECC. All certification issued by the Foundation is valid for a period of two years.

The Irish Heart Foundation's CPR & ECC Training Programme follows guidelines which reflect global resuscitation science and treatment recommendations derived from the 2010 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care with Treatment Recommendations (CoSTR). These guidelines are based on an evidence based review of resuscitation science. The current guidelines for resuscitation were published on 18th October 2010 and can be viewed at

A summary of the key changes in the 2010 guidelines can be found in the Highlights of the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR & ECC.


The Foundation's Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Council helps establish national policies and procedures for how the AHA science and programme content is to be implemented into the Irish ACLS training programme and provides input and direction with technical matters of the ACLS Training Programme.


The Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) is an independent statutory body with responsibility for standards, education training in the field of pre-hospital emergency care in Ireland. PHECC's mission is to protect the public by specifying, reviewing, maintaining and monitoring standards of excellence for the delivery of quality pre-hospital emergency care for people in Ireland.

PHECC publish Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) which are guidelines for best practice and set a consistent standard of clinical practice within the field of pre-hospital emergency care. These CPGs guide integrated care across the levels of Responder (CFR, OFA & EFR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Paramedic and Advanced Paramedic. For information regarding the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council's current Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) please refer to