Blue Light Summit postponed due to COVID-19 concerns

Emergency service vehicles at Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

EmergencyTimes.ie and its event partner, Mayo County Council, have announced that the emergency services ‘Blue Light Summit’, which was due to take place on 27th & 28th March at the Breaffy House Resort in Castlebar, has been postponed.

With almost a thousand delegates from the emergency, medical, voluntary and search & rescue services from Ireland, the UK, US and across Europe due to attend the two-day seminar, trade and exhibition show, event organisers acknowledge the current and expected operational demands and challenges faced by these services and their personnel of all ranks, who are required to carry out their duties to the fullest of their abilities in dealing with the outbreak.

Event co-ordinator volunteer, Declan Keogh, said while the decision to postpone the summit is regrettable, it is essential in order to allow the emergency services carry out their duties in dealing with the situation; “Nobody wants to see any event being postponed, however, given the nature of the Blue Light Summit and with new cases confirmed, while it is regrettable, it is essential that we act now and act responsibly, and we must also acknowledge that the emergency and medical services themselves will of course be committed elsewhere now in working to contain the virus, and we are hopeful, but confident, that our delegates, guests and exhibitors will understand and accept these circumstances, in order to allow the various services deal with the situation.”

A spokesperson for Mayo County Council said; “We in Mayo County Council are in agreement with our event partners EmergencyTimes.ie, it is necessary to postpone the blue light summit for the moment and while all the services and departments involved are advising the public of the various cautionary measures, we too must act accordingly and in the interest of public health and safety, given the recent developments.”

The Blue Light Summit has been re-cheduled to take place on Friday and Saturday 11th and 12th September instead.

Emergency service vehicles at Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar, Co. Mayo