Volunteers participate in, and render assistance at Community Events i.e. any events, sporting or otherwise, where members of the public gather to participate in an event.
In the recent past, Cork City Civil Defence has provided support to many cultural events in the City. Civil Defence Volunteers have been involved in major exercises under the Cork Joint Emergency Plan and provided support at flooding incidents and in a major fire in the City.
Throughout the past year Cork City Civil Defence has assisted at many events on a weekly basis. Recent high profile events included Cork Week, Crosshaven, 2004, Cork Hurling Team Homecoming 2004, Awakenings Ceremony for Cork 2005.
Simulated Major Incident Exercise
On Tuesday 7th October, 2008, 29 personnel from Cork City Civil Defence took part in a simulated Major Incident Exercise.
The exercise scenario was as follows:
A Road Traffic collision has occurred in the southbound bore of the Jack Lynch Tunnel between a car, a road tanker which has jack-knifed and 2 mini buses.
This incident resulted in a fire in the tunnel, with 51 casualties in the various vehicles, requiring treatment and extrication. Members of Cork City Fire Brigade and Cork County Fire Brigade responded to the scene, as did members of An Garda Siochana and the HSE Ambulance Service.
A call for assistance from Civil Defence was received from the On-Site Co-ordinator, Cork City Fire Brigade and 29 personnel responded. Civil Defence personnel fulfilled several functions throughout the duration of the exercise, i.e. 6 personnel acted as part of the 51 casualties, personnel assisted the HSE with the transportation of casualties to the Casualty Clearing Station, as well as providing sandwiches and tea/coffee for the 120 participants following the exercise.
Tall Ships Event in Waterford City: 6th to 9th July 2005.
The Tall Ships Event was held in Waterford City from 6th to 9th July 2005. Cork City Civil Defence was one of eighteen counties who assisted Waterford City Civil Defence with this event.
Cork City Civil Defence performed the following duties;
- Ambulance & First Aid
- River Safety/Patrol
Over the four day period, Cork City Civil Defence had 13 personnel in attendance and the above duties were rotated between them.
Karl Reardon, Eoin O'Mahony, David O'Sullivan and Peter Bowles, members of Cork City Civil Defence on duty at the Tall Ships in Waterford.
Adrian O'Sullivan, Stephen Galvin and Kieran Keohane, members of Cork City Civil Defence Water Unit on duty at the Tall Ships in Waterford.
Tom O'Riordan, Maek Harnett and Paul Cooney on Ambulance Duty with Cork City Civil Defence at the Tall Ships Event in Waterford.
From left to right: Stephen O'Flaherty, Karl Reardon and Jason O'Connell
National Civil Defence Exericses
Cork City Civil Defence takes an active part in National Civil Defence Exericses annually. These are divided in to Boating, Pump Drills, and multi-skills National Exercises. In 2002, Cork City Civil Defence won the Inaugural National Boating Competition and was awarded the perpetual cup.
National Water Activity Event
Members of Cork City Civil Defence River, Lake and Coastal Search and Recovery Unit who won the Pat Kennedy Memorial Trophy at the National Water Activity Event.
Photographed with the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. John Kelleher, are Thomas Woulfe, Denise Forde, Colm O'Donoghue, John Ryan, Civil Defence Officer, Veronica Forde, Assistant Civil Defence Officer and Adrian O'Sullivan OIC.
Cork City Civil Defence Auxiliary Fire Service
Members of Cork City Civil Defence Auxiliary Fire Service at the Regional Pump Drill Competition held in Ennis, Co. Clare.