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St Patricks Day Parades 2019

March 21, 2019

Civil Defence units participated in St Patrick’s Day Parades countrywide over the course of the weekend of 16-17 March 2019. Photos from St Patrick’s Day Parades Nationwide              


Sligo Keep Safe Event, March 2019

March 20, 2019

A Health and safety Authority ‘Keep Safe’ event was held at Sligo Fire station on 7th March 2019. Sligo Civil Defence attended the event and carried out CPR and AED demonstrations and on how to make an emergency call. This program is aimed to promote safety and community awareness through involving the children in a… Read More


Dublin Civil Defence – Drone Exercise

March 12, 2019

Dublin Civil Defence held a training Exercise with their Drone Team and Rescue Boats on the Blessington Lakes recently. The casualties were located by the drone and the drone then led the Rescue Boats to assist their recovery. Click on the link below for video footage of the exercise. Dublin Civil Defence Drone Exercise


Search Operation, Galway Harbour

March 6, 2019

At 10.30am on Tuesday 5th March Galway Civil Defence was activated to assist Costello Bay Coastguard Unit in a search for a person last seen on Nimmo’s Pier just after midnight that morning. Items of clothing were found by a person out walking and the Gardaí.  Were alerted. Galway Civil Defence Drone Unit assisted Coastguard… Read More


Search Operation, Ferrycarrig, Co Wexford

March 4, 2019

Wexford Civil Defence was activated on Tuesday 26th February to assist in the search for a missing person in the Ferrycarrig area of Co Wexford. 13 members of the unit conducted a land search and mobilised the Drone Unit. River Searches were undertaken on Wednesday 27th February, Thursday 28th February, Saturday 2nd March and Sunday… Read More


#FlashbackFriday – Beast from the East

March 1, 2019

One year on from the Beast from the East and James Byrne, from Kildare Civil Defence delivering bread and milk to people trapped by the snow in Kilteel, Co. Kildare. Picture credit Damien Eagers


West Wicklow Fire

March 1, 2019

On Tuesday 26th February, Wicklow Civil Defence received a call for assistance by Wicklow County Fire Service to provide communications with the Air Corp at a major fire in the Hollywood area of west Wicklow. A Civil Defence 4WD and two members were sent to the area and set up communications with the Air Corp… Read More


Retirement of Johnny Maunsell CDO

February 28, 2019

Johnny Maunsell the long serving and popular Civil Defence Officer for Cork North has retired. Johnny served as Assistant Civil Defence Officer from 1982 to 1987 and was then appointed as CDO. We wish Johnny all the best on his retirement.  


John Tyner, Cork City – Retirement

February 27, 2019

On Tuesday 26th February 2019, Cork City Civil Defence AFS 1st Officer John Tyner retired following 43 years service. John joined Civil Defence in 1975 and trained as an AFS Instructor in 1989. Over these many years, John has been a dedicated volunteer and this was acknowledged last night by the many people, past and… Read More


Missing Persons Search Instructor Programme

February 27, 2019

It was a busy weekend for volunteers who completed part three of our new Missing Persons Search Instructor Programme.  Successful participants play a key role teaching our new Search Responder and Search Team Leader programmes to volunteers as part of Civil Defence’s support to An Garda Síochána.