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Croom Primary Healthcare Centre, Skagh, Croom, Co. Limerick - V35 XT25


At the heart of our charity are our team of Volunteer Emergency Medical Responders consisting of Critical Care Doctors manning a fleet of Emergency Response Vehicles. We are in the process of expanding this team around the country to include hundreds of EMT's, paramedics, and advanced paramedics, empowering them to use their skills to help those who become seriously ill or injured in their own communities. These incredible individuals have devoted their lives to saving others. Their rapid response, unwavering dedication to their communities and years of training and experience have helped countless lives.

Our responders are dispatched with the National Ambulance Service in response to a 999/112 call in their community. They respond to incidents like cardiac arrest, road traffic collisions, workplace and farming accidents and much more. They can provide life-saving treatment on scene while an ambulance is on the way, like on the side of a road, in schools, workplaces, or in your own home.

Donations from people, businesses and communities like yours have funded essential medical equipment, ensuring that our responders are well equipped to save lives on the front lines. This equipment includes defibrillators, resuscitation kits, medical diagnostic kits and more, all made possible by fundraisers and supporters like you.

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Registered Charity No (RCN): 20070762


CRITICAL is Ireland’s biggest Critical & Advanced Volunteer Doctor Emergency Medical Response Charity.

At CRITICAL, our mission is clear: to empower communities to save lives. Our volunteers provide emergency pre-hospital care at the scene of serious incidents and emergencies across Ireland. We are dedicated to our vision of every person in Ireland receiving rapid and effective medical care in a medical emergency, regardless of the circumstances.



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We invest in our CRITICAL Emergency Medical Response volunteers to enable them to respond to the worst-case scenarios. The equipment we provide combined with their medical expertise and experience enables them to act quickly and appropriately under pressure, ensuring that they can provide the best possible care for every patient.

However, medical equipment is expensive, and we rely on donations to fund the equipment and supplies needed by our responders. Every Emergency Backpack we equip our responders with costs an average of €1,500. It costs the charity an average of €25,000 to establish an Advanced or Critical Care Volunteer Doctor in the community, and it costs around €120,000 to equip a new Emergency Medical Response vehicle for our fleet.

Donations allow us to empower more communities to save lives, and help us to realise our vision of an Ireland where everyone has access to rapid emergency medical assistance when they need it most.


In 2008, CRITICAL funded the training of Volunteer Emergency Medical Responders in communities around the country. When a person calls 999 or 112 regarding a serious or life-threatening medical emergency, a CRITICAL Volunteer Emergency Medical Responder in the area can respond and provide emergency prehospital care. This access to medical care well within 'the golden hour' often means the difference between life and death.

In 2019, we launched Ireland's only charity funded Air Ambulance, and consistently showed how vital the HEMS Air Ambulance is to the people of Ireland since that time. We are proud of our role in providing and proving the need for a HEMS service for the people of Ireland and we thank all those who supported us and kept Helimed92 flying. 

Since early in 2023, we have been focused on expanding our network of Volunteer Emergency Medical Responders and are already working in partnership with the National Ambulance Service to facilitate hundreds of off-duty EMT'S, paramedics and advanced paramedics to respond as CRITICAL Volunteers in their own communities. Our ground teams responded to more than 1,800 incidents over the last three years alone, working in partnership with the emergency services to give people the very best chance of survival and best outcome when they find themselves seriously ill or injured.