VEMS Newsletter – February 2023

2 March 2023

VEMS Newsletter February 2023

Cork North & East Covid-19 Medal Presentation

10 February 2023

Covid-19 medals were presented to volunteers from Cork North & East Civil Defence at a medal ceremony in Mallow on Friday the 27th January 2023.  The medals on the night were presented by Sorcha Cooney, Senior Assistant Chief Fire officer.  

Civil Defence Bill 2023

27 January 2023

  Publication of the Civil Defence Bill 2023 The new Civil Defence Bill 2023 and associated Explanatory Memorandum was on Wednesday, 25th January 2023, published on the Houses of the Oireachtas website. The Bill can be found at the following link: The Bill will now proceed through the normal legislative process. This is a… Read More

John Ryan CDO Cork, Retirement

16 December 2022

John Ryan has retired as Civil Defence Officer in Cork City. John was appointed in 2001 and served both as Chief Fire Officer and as Civil Defence Officer. In earlier years, this was a common arrangement. We wish John all the best for a long and prosperous retirement.  

Mayo Civil Defence – Severe Weather Relief Efforts

13 December 2022

The Mayo Civil Defence Severe Weather (SWORD) Driver team was activated by the HSE on Saturday 10th December and again Monday 12th December to assist local Palliative Care Services – providing transport with 4×4 vehicles in the Hollymount & Louisburgh areas.

Certified Off-Road and Severe Weather Driving Course

12 December 2022

Over the weekend of 10-11 December 24 Meath Civil Defence volunteers completed the Lantra certified off-road and severe weather driving course. It was the first courses run on our specifically constructed course at our HQ in Navan. Thank you to Kevin Jones and his team from Terra Firma for an excellent course.

Roscommon Christmas Festival

12 December 2022

Roscommon Volunteers got into the Christmas spirit at the weekend providing medical cover at the Roscommon Christmas Festival on the weekend of 10-11 December 2022.

Dublin Civil Defence – Ireland’s Eye Search

8 December 2022

Dublin Civil Defence was activated to assist with a search for a missing person on Ireland’s Eye on Saturday 3rd December. This involved ferrying search teams and the search dog, Mist to the Island.  

Kerry’s Eye News Report – Civil Defence Covid-19 Medals

5 December 2022


Covid-19 Medal Presentation Ceremony in Croke Park

30 November 2022

The Minister for Defence and Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney T.D. yesterday honoured Civil Defence volunteers for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic at a ceremony in Croke Park. Minister Coveney has commissioned a special COVID-19 medal for all volunteers who undertook duties during the COVID-19 crisis.   In total, this medal will be presented to circa…. Read More