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Search Dog Training

October 8, 2019

From Friday the 4th through to Sunday, the 6th of October 2019, Civil Defence canine teams were assessed for licencing by an independent assessor. Assessment commenced on the range in the Phoenix Park at  9pm on Friday where both the victim recovery and air scenting canine teams were put through their paces around the buildings… Read More


Communication Instructors Up-skilling

October 8, 2019

On the 7th and 8th of September 2019, Civil Defence Communication Instructors were invited to attend refresher training in Roscrea and the Phoenix Training Centre at Ratra House. Communications Instructors received an introduction to the new syllabus of local training, including new assessment and certification criteria, which are due to come into service on the… Read More


Personal Survival Techniques (PST) Course

October 8, 2019

The new Civil Defence specific Personal Survival Techniques (PST) course continues to be rolled out to all Civil Defence boat crew at the National Maritime college of Ireland, Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork. A number of units have now successfully completed the PST course which is a new requirement under the Specific Operational Guidance (SOG) document for… Read More


Communications Workshop

October 8, 2019

On Saturday the 21st and Sunday, 22 September 2019 potential communications instructors attended workshops in Roscrea and the Phoenix Training Centre at Ratra House. The Workshops were designed to assess participant competence in Voice Procedure and Network Discipline and to identify students for places on future Communications Instructors courses. Each potential Instructor was required to… Read More


Drone Support at National Ploughing Championships

October 8, 2019

On the 17th, 18th and 19th of September 2019 Carlow Civil Defence operated their Inspire 1 drone in support of An Garda Siochána’s traffic management operation at the National Ploughing Championship. The unit successfully streamed the downlink from the drone camera directly into the Garda on-site control vehicle, providing real-time situation awareness to decision-makers. The… Read More


Longwood 3/4 Marathon

October 7, 2019

Ambulance crews and Medical teams from Dunboyne, Navan and Trim units of Meath Civil Defence were on duty at the Longwood 3/4 marathon on Sunday 6th October 2019.  Congratulations to the over 1700 people who took part in lovely conditions.      


St Kevin’s Way 25KM Walk for Barretstown

October 7, 2019

St.Kevins Way Challenge 25k walk in aid of Barrettstown took place on Sunday 6th October 2019.  82 Volunteers from Wicklow, Dublin and Kildare Civil Defence provided Welfare, Medical and Rescue cover for the event.    


Latest Statement from the National Emergency Coordination Group on Severe Weather

October 3, 2019

Published on Thursday, 03 Oct 2019 A National Emergency Coordination Group meeting was held today (Thursday 03 October), chaired by Minister Eoghan Murphy. Minister Damien English and Minister Kevin Boxer Moran were in attendance also. Met Éireann’s current forecasts indicate that Storm Lorenzo will move across the country during Thursday into Friday morning, moving NorthWest… Read More


Civil Defence Preparations for Storm Lorenzo

October 3, 2019

Civil Defence units countrywide have been placed on standby to assist with relief efforts following Storm Lorenzo, which is currently hitting the Irish Coastal counties. * Civil Defence has 3,500 volunteers based in every Local Authority area in the country. Civil Defence has a wide range of equipment to deal with severe weather including 88… Read More


Statement from the National Emergency Coordination Group on Severe Weather

October 2, 2019

A National Emergency Coordination Group meeting was held today (Wednesday 02 October), chaired by Minister Eoghan Murphy. Minister Kevin Boxer Moran was in attendance also. Met Éireann’s current forecasts indicate that Storm Lorenzo will move across the country during Thursday night into Friday morning, moving NorthWest to SouthEast across the country, potentially bringing strong winds,… Read More