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Operation Transformation is launching a new 12 month campaign in January called Ireland's Million Pound Challenge.

OT's Ireland's Million Pound Challenge is attempting to inspire the Irish nation to lose 1 million pound in 1 year thus helping to reverse current trends and statistics.

When it comes to the groups the idea is that they can register online and they will be able to track their contribution to the million pounds.

Mick Cornett Mayor of Oklahoma City is going to officially launch the campaign. In 2007 as a result of hearing that his city was one of the fattest in the US he decided to take action and put the entire city on a diet.The town's citizens reached the million pound mark in January 2012, four years after they had started their challenge.

Following the recent controversy on delayed ambulance response times in the Drogheda/Dundalk region, Sinn Fein Leader, Gerry Adams T.D. requested a meeting with NASRA to discuss this and wider issues facing the national ambulance service.

NASRA National Secretary, Tony Gregg met with Deputy Adams in the Dail last week to brief him on current issues facing the service and front line paramedics.

Mr Adams is to raise a number of these issues with the Health Minister in the coming weeks. NASRA hopes to meet with other Opposition parties in the run up to the General Election.

Watch NASRA Chairman , MIchael Dixon on the RTE Six One News addressing the issue of cutbacks in the ambulance service.

His comments come in the wake of the death of father of two in Co Louth amid claims that it took 40 minutes for an ambulance to reach him.

Click HERE to see the RTE Report.

NASRA representatives took part in RTE's Claire Byrne LIve show on Monday which dealt with the issue of drink driving and its consequences.

Click HERE or on the link below to view the programme.

Click on the link below to hear NASRA Chairman on Ocean FM on the call on the HSA to investigate the condition of the national ambulance fleet.

NASRA calls for investigation into ambulance fleet

The National Ambulance Representative Association (NASRA) has today (Tuesday 29th Sept. ) called on the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) to carry out a full investigation into the safety and road worthiness of the national ambulance fleet.

The call comes following a number of incidents involving mechanical failure of ambulances which put the safety of both crews and patients in danger. In the most recent incident on 28th August an ambulance travelling from Donegal to Galway with two crew, medical team and a patient lost its wheels due to mechanical and/or structural failure. A similar incident happened in March 2014 in Drogheda when an ambulance manned by two crew lost one of its wheels.

Last week the Sinn Fein Leader, Deputy Gerry Adams T.D. raised the incidents in the Dail and revealed that he was in possession of an Independent Assessor Report regarding these vehicles which suggests that they have a design flaw.

Click on the link below to liisten to NASRA National Chairman, Michael Dixon on Highland Radio where he  discusses NASRA's concerns on the condition of the National Ambulance fleet following a recnet incident involving an ambulance in Donegal where it was reported the back wheels fell off as it responded to an emergency call out.

Highland Radio – Latest Donegal News and Sport » Ambulance service representative body concerned at rate of vehicle breakdowns

The National Ambulance Service Representative Association (NASRA) said today (Monday 21 st . Sept.) that the increasing number of reported ambulance breakdowns throughout the country are a source of major concern to front line ambulance paramedics and pose a serious issue for patient safety.

NASRA National Chairman, Michael Dixon said the recent incident in Donegal where the rear wheels of an ambulance transporting four staff and a patient on life support from Donegal to Galway fell off was yet another example of the problems arising with the aging and high milage ambulance fleet. In the Donegal incident the ambulance had 412,000 kilometers on the clock.