Dublin Fire Brigade Emergency Services Controller, Darragh Clarke, has won the International Academy of Emergency Dispatchers (IAED) Navigator Dispatcher of the year at an awards ceremony held today in Blanchardstown.
Darragh was nominated for his role in guiding a 999/112 caller through bystander CPR which led to the full recovery of the patient. Darragh’s calm instructions to the caller ensured that the patient was given the best possible chance of recovery. Firefighter/Paramedics, Advanced Paramedics and an emergency doctor arrived on scene and provided Advanced Life Support to the patient, who regained a strong cardiac output before transport to hospital.
At the time Darragh did not know that the patient was Dominic McNabb, retired Dublin Fire Brigade Firefighter and Senior Instructor of the IAED program in DFB. The caller was Dominic’s daughter, Cora. Dominic had trained Darragh in dispatch and control, prior to him starting in the Eastern Regional Control Centre
Today Darragh was presented with the award by Pam Stewart – Chair of the board of certification IAED.
Dublin Fire Brigade Third Officer John Keogh presented Dominic’s daughter, Cora McNabb, with a DFB Good Samaritan coin in recognition of her stepping in when she was needed. The coin was designed to be used to recognise ordinary civilians who were willing to help when help is needed.