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Minister for Defence, Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D.,
congratulates Civil Defence on receiving the Rescue3 Europe Capability Development Award

The Minister for Defence, Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D., today (Friday 17 April 2015) congratulated the Civil Defence College which was presented with this year’s Rescue 3 Europe Capability Development Award at their Technical Rescue Conference 2015 hosted in Llangollen, Wales.

The award recognises the capability Civil Defence has developed over the last three years in this challenging environment; highlights of which include training 49 volunteers as accredited Swiftwater & Flood First Response Instructors who in turn are providing valuable training to volunteers in their local units.

The Minister said ‘This award recognises the dedication and hard work of the staff of the Civil Defence College. It also recognises the commitment shown by Civil Defence volunteers across Ireland. Civil Defence volunteers are all too frequently involved in searches for missing people. Most of these searches involve searching rivers or lakes. The Swiftwater & Flood training provided by the Civil Defence College is very useful in these searches. It will also allow for the safe deployment of Civil Defence volunteers who support the Primary Response Agencies during flood and other water related incidents’.


Background Note

Civil Defence is a volunteer based organisation with over 4,000 active volunteers based in every local authority area in the country. Civil Defence supports the emergency services including the Gardai, the HSE and local authorities in dealing with a wide range of emergencies. Civil Defence also supports hundreds of community and sporting events, both local and national events.

Civil Defence policy at a national level is set down by the Department of Defence. At local level Civil Defence is based in each local authority area. The Civil Defence College forms part of the Civil Defence Headquarters and is based in Roscrea, Co Tipperary.

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