Civil Defence

Head Quarters

Cork City Civil Defence Headquarters

Cork City Civil Defence Headquarters

Cork City Civil Defence is based on an adjoining site to the Cork City Fire Brigade sub-station at North Ring Road, Ballyvolane.

The facility consists of lecture rooms, control rooms, cooking facilities, offices, and vehicle and materials storage. 

This facility has the ability to operate as an Emergency Control Centre and Emergency short term Shelter facility with its own independent power supply and communications links.

Official Opening of the Civil Defence Headquarters

The new Civil Defence Facility/Fire Brigade Training Facility at Ballyvolane was opened by the Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor Councillor Sean Martin on 17 June 2005. The Facility consists of Training Centre, Vehicle Storage Facility and Training Yard. This multi-purpose premises situated adjacent to the Cork City Fire Station in Ballyvolane will be used as a training facility for both Cork City Fire Brigade and Civil Defence and as a central location during a Major Emergency. This will restore the links and the synergy which previously existed between both the Fire Service and Civil Defence.

Members of the Civil Defence photographed with the Lord Mayor of Cork

Members of the Civil Defence photographed with the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Sean Martin, at the Official Opening Ceremony of the new Civil Defence Facility/Fire Brigade Training Facility at Ballyvolane.

Mr. Batt O’Keeffe, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government on 23 December 2004 announced the provision of funding by his Department for these facilities. “Ongoing training is an important element for an emergency service such as the fire services and Civil Defence if their specialised skills, knowledge and competencies are to be kept up to date and refreshed,” the Minister said. The Department made a contribution of €1 million to Cork City Council as part of the State’s continuing investment in the fire and emergency service nationally.

Members of the Civil Defence photographed at the Official Opening Ceremony

Members of the Civil Defence photographed at the Official Opening Ceremony of the new Civil Defence Facility/Fire Brigade Training Facility at Ballyvolane.

Cork City Fire Brigade will use this facility extensively for all local courses including recruit training which since 2003 is based on a modular approach over one year. Ongoing and new training courses will be provided for the staff of Cork City Fire Brigade such as Swift Water Rescue, Line Rescue, First Responder, Road Traffic Accident and Breathing Apparatus, Command and Control courses and Major Emergency exercises. This facility will provide Cork City Fire Brigade with premises suitable for lectures.

The Cork City Firebrigade Pipeband

The Cork City Firebrigade Pipeband at the Official Opening Ceremony of the new Civil Defence Facility/Fire Brigade Training Facility at Ballyvolane. 

The facility will operate as the Headquarters for Civil Defence and also as a co-ordinating location for logistical purposes during a Major Emergency. The premises will have the capacity to operate as a temporary shelter during an emergency. The facility will also provide premises for major emergency training. Cork Fire Brigade is part of the Cork Joint Major Emergency Planning Group and regularly takes part in desktop and actual exercises.