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Meet Our Community Engagement Team


Name: Ger O’Dea

Role: National Community Engagement Manager

Division: National Headquarters


Ger, a qualified Paramedic has served with the National Ambulance Service (NAS) since 2005. After 14 years service working on an emergency ambulance and at the Southern Region Ambulance Control Centre, he was promoted to the grade of Community Engagement Officer in July 2019 with responsibility for the North Leinster area, developing & supporting Community First Responders Volunteers & Groups.

Since November 2020, Ger has held a new role within the NAS of Community Engagement Manager with responsibility for the Community Engagement Team and working collaboratively with all stakeholders on the implementation of the Out Of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Strategy for Ireland.

Coming from a background in the voluntary agencies and as a retained firefighter, he has always and continues to work closely with community groups of all diversities and he is dedicated to strengthen the link between the National Ambulance Service and the communities whom we serve, ensuring emergency responses are maximised to save more lives of our citizens.


Name: Mark Callanan

Role: Community Engagement Officer 

Division: West


Operating as Community Engagement Officer for Area West since June 2017, Mark Callanan is a qualified Paramedic, formerly based in the Midwest region. Now maintaining responsibility for most of the western seaboard, Mark can be fount meeting Community First Responders anywhere within Counties Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Limerick, Clare, or North Tipperary.


Name: Liam Stewart

Role: Community Engagement Officer

Division: NAS – North Leinster


Liam joined the Community Engagement Team in January 2021.

He is responsible for the North Eastern area of North Leinster (Cavan, Monaghan, Louth, Meath, Westmeath and Longford).

Prior to this he was working in the Health and Safety arena where he focused on training, particularly in the private healthcare, hospitality and construction sectors. He has been involved in pre-hospital care since 2005, working in various roles in the private and voluntary sector. Liam has been an Irish Heart Foundation / American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor since the age of 16 and joined the IHF Provincial Faculty in 2018.  He has been heavily involved in Community CPR training, and supported the BLS Faculty from Cavan General Hospital for many years. He co-founded and was heavily involved with the Community First Responder group in his own area and supported other groups in the region prior to joining NAS.

Liam is involved in a number of non-healthcare related charitable / voluntary activities and has an interest in Lifelong Learning, FOAMed and Equality & Diversity issues.


 Name: Amanda Ross 

Role: Community Engagement Officer 

Division: North Leinster Area


A recently qualified EMT, Amanda was appointed as Community Engagement Officer in March 2020, taking responsibility for Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow, Laois and Offaly. Amanda has worked in the Health Service for over 27 years' with 11 of these years working in St. James's Hospital. Amanda has been working in the National Ambulance Service for the last 6 years and prior to joining the Community Engagement team Amanda had been working as Business Support Manager. 

Amanda was one of the founding members of the Community First Responders scheme in her local area and helped out with a lot of groups in the surrounding areas to help train new members of their groups and assisted in running a lot of Community First Responder courses. 


Name: Jonathan Lynch

Role: Community Engagement Officer

Division: NAS - South


Jonathan joined the Community Engagement Team in 2021 taking responsibility for the southern region, namely counties Carlow, Wexford, Waterford, Kilkenny, Cork, Kerry and South Tipperary.

Before joining the Engagement team, Jonathan worked as a paramedic in the North East region of the Ambulance Service. He has a keen interest in all things community, having developed a number of community first responder programmes around the country along with active roles with Civil Defence and Volunteer Centres Ireland. Prior to joining the Ambulance Service, Jonathan worked in the third level education sector managing student welfare and services.


Name: Yvonne O’Shea

Role: Community Engagement Administrator

Division: National Headquarters


Yvonne has been working as administrator with the Community Engagement team since 2014. Her role primarily involves looking after the National Ambulance Service IHF training site, supporting volunteer instructors who are affiliated with national ambulance service

Yvonne is an IHF/AHA BLS Instructor and a CFR Instructor and has carried out a lot of voluntary work. She is currently an active member of her two local Community First Responder groups.

By background she is a qualified Paramedic and has worked as an Emergency Medical Controller/Dispatcher from 2001