Ballyfermot Training Centre provides practical support in respraying new emergency medical transport vehicles for Blood Bikes East.
|Dublin, July 28th, 2016: Blood Bikes East are delighted to announce a collaboration with Ballyfermot Training Centre, part of the City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB), which allows apprentices to learn and simultaneously provide free services to Blood Bikes East. This has culminated in BBE’s two latest additions to the motorbike fleet being prepped and resprayed to white at no cost to the charity.The new motorbikes were urgently needed to replace older vehicles that were becoming less reliable as they aged, however, the new vehicles had to be repainted white in preparation for the fitting of the official BBE livery and emergency lighting. This has, in the past, used vital funds that could otherwise have been put to better use in fueling the vehicles, and therefore answer more emergency calls for the delivery of blood, blood products, breast milk, medical products, samples for testing, test results and transplant related tissues between hospitals.
Patrick O’Sullivan, Course Instructor at Ballyfermot Training Centre explains “These vehicles were prepared and resprayed by the apprentices within a module of a standard 20-week Vehicle Body Repair course, as part of their 4-year SOLAS apprenticeship. Normally the apprentices are spraying various random parts of donor vehicles and although they are learning, it is not exactly fulfilling. This collaboration has added an extra element to the mix. The apprentices now have pride in the work they have done, knowing that these vehicles will be in service day and night, helping to save lives. I think that pride showed in the results achieved, which was of the highest standards I have seen.”
Brendan Conroy, Blood Bikes East Committee Member and responsible for engaging with CDETB added, “As a charity, BBE cannot buy new motorbikes to our exact specifications. This means we have to choose the best vehicles mechanically and make the required cosmetic changes at significant cost to our charity. I therefore reached out to CDETB about the possibility of a collaboration and was delighted when they wholeheartedly embraced the idea. The end result was of a quality far beyond anything we could have hoped for and frankly matched the standards that a professional body shop would deliver. Many of our biker volunteers, who would be very picky about the standards of the bikes, have asked me to express how impressed they were that apprentices could deliver the quality we have received.”
Paul Fennelly, CDETB Centre Manager said, “It is quite rare that an organisation like ours is able to find ways to add value to those we are training and simultaneously help a charity and the public in such a direct and vital way. We are immensely grateful for the work that Blood Bikes East does and simply could not pass up the opportunity to be involved.”
Following the official handover of the newly completed bikes and presentation of a Certificate of Appreciation to Ballyfermot Training centre, Pat McCabe, Chairman for Blood Bikes East said, “We are so grateful to Ballyfermot Training Centre and CDETB and particularly Paul Fennelly and Patrick O’Sullivan for their assistance. The money saved has paid for at least a month’s worth of fuel for our vehicles and allowed us to answer hundreds of urgent calls from hospitals. We are truly delighted with this ongoing collaboration.
He added “We would particularly like to recognize the apprentices who worked so diligently on our vehicles to deliver something they, and we, can be rightly proud of.”
They are (in alphabetical order): Aaron Hegarty, Daniel Field, David Derby, Dawid Szmist, Declan Daly, John Stones, Liam Lowery, Paul O Grady, Richard Dunne, Richard Kelly, Shane Deegan, Shane O’Dwyer, Terence McCreedy, Wayne Danaher.
Blood Bikes East would also like to thank John Doyle Paint Distributors most sincerely, as they graciously donated all paints required and effectively reduced the costs for this work to zero.