Sligo Rovers Appreciation for Sligo Civil Defence
Sligo Rovers appreciation of our Civil Defence volunteers as it appeared in the final game program against Drogheda this season.
This has been an eventful and exciting season for Sligo Rovers, and one group of people who have been ever-present at all our home fixtures are the dedicated volunteers of the Civil Defence. Chairman Dermot Kelly paid tribute to the Civil Defence crew for their work over the course of the season: ‘Civil Defence Officer Marion Davis and her team are a valuable resource for the club, and their professionalism and expertise are greatly appreciated by all at the club. Important games bring additional pressures, and the organisation of the Europa League game and recent Cup and League games would have been very difficult without the contribution of the Civil Defence personnel.’
Sligo Rovers’ Event Controller Padraig Bourke also commended the Civil Defence volunteers. ‘When arrangements are being made for match nights, it is very re-assuring to have people who are highly trained in first aid, and they are always punctual, reliable and professional. We have developed a strong association with the Civil Defence team, and their presence at our games has been of great benefit to the club.’
Attendance at the Showgrounds is only one of many events on the Civil Defence calendar. The period from May to September is traditionally their busiest time, as they attend Gymkhanas, Triathlons, Golf tournaments, major sporting fixtures, Charity swims, Musical festivals, Horse Shows, and Car Rallies.
Sligo Civil Defence is not only a service for covering community events, they are constantly preparing themselves to be ready to respond to emergency situations.
Sligo Civil Defence has a core group of over sixty volunteers willing and committed to volunteer at short notice and a further twenty or so available in the event of a major emergency. The volunteers enjoy the training provided and then are anxious to put their training into practice.
The Civil Defence team strives to ensure that training is informative and varied, and volunteers acquire skills they often retain for the rest of their lives.
Anyone considering carrying out valuable service to their local community should explore the possibility of becoming a Civil Defence volunteer. A multi-skilled training programme is delivered in venues throughout the county, and volunteers will be instructed in First Aid, Rescue, Communications, welfare and a range of other useful skills.
To find out more about becoming a Civil Defence Volunteer, contact the Sligo Civil Defence Office at 071 91111580