COVID-19 Report, 31st March 2020

March 31, 2020

Civil Defence (Cosaint Shibhialta) is a statutory volunteer-based organisation established in the 1950s. Nationally, Civil Defence is managed by 35 Local Authority Civil Defence Officers with a membership of approximately 3,500 volunteers. The volunteers give freely of their time and talents.

The role of Civil Defence as set out in the 2015 Government White Paper on Defence is to support the Principal Response Agencies in both emergency and non-emergency events”.

COVID-19 is one such emergency.

20 Local Authority Civil Defence Units, namely Cavan, Cork City, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo and Westmeath have been tasked by the HSE across the country. The type of taskings undertaken include

  • providing first-aid and administrative assistance to the Irish Blood Transfusion Service
  • relocating residents from one Nursing Home to another location
  • transporting dialysis and cancer patients from hospitals to their homes
  • collection of medications and delivering to MS patients homes
  • establishment of and supplying of equipment to static and drive thru test centres
  • transporting on average 1,300 test samples daily to UCD National Lab and to other Labs
  • supplying camp beds for Hospital Doctors
  • setting up of isolation centres for homeless services

12 Local Authority Civil Defence Units, namely Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Donegal, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Mayo, Meath, Tipperary and Wicklow have been tasked by the Local Authority and the Gardaí. Tasks include

  • distribution of food parcels to vulnerable persons
  • assisting An Garda Síochána in advising persons on social distancing in outdoor settings
  • setting up isolation centres and transporting food and laundry for homeless services
  • delivering COVID 19 signage to area offices
  • collection of medication from Pharmacist and delivery to isolated households

 Overall 46 volunteers were involved in these taskings yesterday and provided an estimated 226 volunteer hours.

Since 17 March 2020, Civil Defence volunteers have provided 1680 volunteer hours in support to the Principal Response Agencies. These volunteers have been supported by 28 four-wheel drive jeeps, 2 operational support vehicles, 7 vans, 4 ambulances, 1 welfare trailer and 1 truck.