Heartsafe Community Award and Programme

When it comes to cardiac arrest, there’s strength in numbers. But for that to happen, we need people to step up and take action. People like you. If you do it, others will follow and you (or someone in your community) will someday save someone’s life. Perhaps even your own.

Our Heartsafe Community Programme will help you every step of the way.


The Heartsafe Community Programme is an Irish Heart Foundation initiative that aims to encourage everyone of all ages to strengthen every link in the ‘Chain of Survival’ in their community.

Communities which take steps to improve their ‘Chain of Survival’ can apply to the Irish Heart Foundation to become recognised as a Heartsafe Community and receive a commemorative plaque recognising the achievement.

The ‘Chain of Survival’ comprises five vital links that can help your community to save lives:


  1. Immediate recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system
  2. Early CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) with an emphasis on chest compressions
  3. Rapid defibrillation
  4. Effective advanced life support
  5. Integrated post-cardiac arrest care


How many ‘Heartbeat’ awards does your community have?


The Irish Heart Foundation awards ‘Heartbeats’ in recognition of each step a community takes to strengthen their Chain of Survival. Heartbeats can be earned for a number of things including CPR training, having an AED Programme or written plans for CPR/AED/Emergencies in your community.

The number of Heartbeats required to become a Heartsafe Community depends on the type of community applying to the programme. The programme recognises four types of communities and each has different heartbeat criteria and requisites to become Heartsafe.


The four different types of communities that can apply to the programme are:



Communities which are awarded the Heartsafe Award will be expected to be involved in ongoing ‘Heartsafe’ activities to maintain the Heartsafe Award. The Heartsafe Community Programme will be invaluable in maintaining the momentum and enthusiasm needed for this. As we promised above, we will be with you every step of the way and we’ll help you (and your community) to stay ready for whatever happens.


How you can apply to be a Heartsafe Community:


If your community has started to complete some of the Heartsafe activities and would like to apply to be recognised as a Heartsafe Community please download the Heartsafe Pack for more information and an application form. The pack also includes advice on CPR training, establishing an AED Programme, how to keep your heart healthy and how to apply to become a recognised Heartsafe Community.


It’s up to you, today.

The chances are someone in your community will be forever grateful that you took the time to help your community to prepare for a cardiac arrest emergency. It could be someone you know, a friend, a colleague, a kid, or even you. Trust us, it’s worth a little bit of effort now for what will make your community stronger, more together, and safer for generations to come. And should a cardiac arrest ever happen in your own family too, you’ll also be ready. Ready to save their life.


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