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The HSE National Ambulance Service (NAS) is the statutory pre-hospital emergency and intermediate care provider for the State. In the Dublin metropolitan area, ambulance services are provided by the NAS and Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB), while Aero Medical services are provided by the Irish Air Corps and the Irish Coast Guard by agreement with each organisation.

The National Emergency Operations Centre (single system over two sites; Tallaght and Ballyshannon) provides all call taking and dispatch functions for the NAS across the country.

The NAS is also supported by over 140 Community First Responder schemes, responding to particular types of medical emergencies (i.e. cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, chest pain, choking and stroke) where it is essential for the patient to receive immediate life-saving care whilst an emergency response vehicle is en route to the patient.

The service has changed significantly since 2005 with current service operating from over 100 locations across Ireland and employs over 1600 people in various roles including, Advanced Paramedic, Paramedic, Student Paramedic, Emergency Medical Dispatcher and Emergency Call Taker.

In 2016 the NAS responded to over 308,000 calls and:

  • Transported approximately 40,000 Intermediate Care patients
  • Co-ordinated and dispatched more than 800 Aero Medical / Air Ambulance calls
  • Completed 600 Paediatric and Neonatal retrievals
  • Continue to support and develop Community First Responder schemes

Additional information can be obtained from the National Ambulance Service website:
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