31-5-17 Limerick Sucide Watch sponsored radio communication from EMR Integrated Solutions. Sarah Counihan, Dave Mullen, Ger McNamara, Chairman, Sarah Hopkins and Shirley Johnston Limerick Sucide Watch at their base in the Tait Business Centre. Picture: Keith Wiseman

Donation of radio communications equipment plays critical role in saving lives

Dunboyne, Co Meath, Tuesday, 30th May 2017:  Leading two-way radio and mobile communications supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced a donation of life-saving radio communications equipment to Limerick Suicide Watch (LSW), a voluntary suicide prevention group that patrols the five bridges of Limerick city and along the banks of the Shannon waterway.

With this vital radio equipment, volunteers can communicate with each other more reliably, intervene more effectively in life-threatening incidents and summon the support of emergency services as required.

The donation includes two-way radio handsets, a charger, base station and antenna and serves a team of over 40 volunteers.

The rugged handsets provide robust, high quality voice communications within the team, but the radio frequency is also linked to the Irish Coast Guard, Limerick Marine Search and Rescue and Limerick Fire and Rescue, significantly speeding up reaction times to potentially fatal incidents as they occur.

Commenting on the donation, Ger McNamara, chairman of Limerick Suicide Watch said:

“The donation is critical for us.  We’re not relying on mobile phones, which really aren’t suitable due to coverage blackspots.  Our volunteers now have handsets that are easy-to-use and reliable and they can request assistance from colleagues or emergency services much faster.  With a relatively high suicide rate in Limerick, our ability to respond to incidents needs to be professional and this donation allows us to achieve that,” he said.

A typical volunteer shift lasts four hours and consists of foot and bike patrols along the banks of the Shannon.  The group is active for three days during the week from 9pm to 1am and at weekends from 12am to 4am.

Mark Quinn, managing director of EMR believes businesses have a responsibility to give back to the community wherever possible.

“Our organisation has a strong sense of corporate social responsibility and we support wholeheartedly initiatives such as Limerick Suicide Watch.  We admire the courage and bravery of the volunteers who work in extremely difficult conditions and in all weathers and we’re delighted to support them in the valuable work they do.”

LSW hopes to increase its mobile patrols to seven days a week, extending the support it provides to people in difficulty.