Search & Rescue
Missing person searches are one of the most regular call-outs for Civil Defence volunteers who work in support of An Garda Síochana during such demanding duties. Civil Defence volunteers are qualified to national standards; at Responder, Search Manager and Instructor. Regular joint training exercises are held with An Garda Síochana. Civil Defence has qualified Rope Rescue Responders, Supervisors and Instructors who are trained and qualified to assist Local Authorities if required. Urban Search and Rescue capabilities is currently being revised and reviewed; Civil Defence volunteers will be certified to assist the Primary Response Agency, where such skills may be required.
Civil Defence volunteers are certified through the Irish Sailing Association and the Irish Canoe Union to provide boating and kayaking expertise at community and national events, including missing person’s searches, at coastal locations and inland lakes and waterways.