Labor counselor calls for defibrillators to be provided at Fingal beaches

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Fingal County Council has been urged to consider providing defibrillators as part of the proposed public washroom upgrade at a number of beaches in northern County Dublin.

The case was raised by Cllr James Humphreys (Lab) in a question submitted to the board’s chief executive at a meeting of the Balbriggan / Rush-Lusk / Swords area committee.

Cllr Humphreys asked the council to consider providing AED rescue devices as part of the planned construction / improvement of public washrooms in Balcarrick, Donabate, Brook in Portrane and North Beach in Rush.

He also requested that defibrillators be installed in other toilets not included in the work program, including Tower Bay in Portrane, where he noted that a tragic drowning had recently occurred.

In its response to Cllr Humphreys, Fingal County Council said all of its designated swimming areas have defibrillators stored in beach lifeguard huts. All lifeguards are trained in the correct use of the devices, according to the advice.

Fingal’s official bathing season runs from June to early September each year.

However, the local authority told Cllr Humphreys that it does not intend to include the provision of defibrillators in the public toilet upgrade program, which will be delivered over the next three years.

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