Civil Defence

Services

Mission Statement

“To support the emergency services and to provide community support by promoting, developing and maintaining Civil Defence as an effective volunteer based orgaisation”.Cork City Civil Defence recruitment for 2017 is now closed.

The next recruitment processwill commence in December 2017.

 Civil Defence training for newmembers takes place over a 16 week period during which time each person undertakes basic training in all aspects of Civil Defence.

Any queries may be addressed to civildefence@corkcity.ieor at 021 4288 400.

Please note: You must be18 years of age at timeof application to join Civil Defence.

Civil Defence

Civil Defence was set up in 1950 as part of the national defence structure as the necessary civil response to potential hazards which might arise in a war situation. Its inception resulted from the voluntary Air Raid protection organisation which had been in operation during the Second World War. Its function was to “defend against of mitigate the effects on persons or property of an attack on the state or of hazards otherwise arising during a time of war or emergency such as radioactive fallout, biological or chemical warfare”.

Cork City Civil Defence

Cork City Civil Defence is part of the national organisation of Civil Defence. Although structured on a national basis under the Civil Defence Board, the organisation at City and County level comes under the control of the local authority in this case Cork City Council.

Civil Defence is a voluntary organisation. Membership is open to male and female personnel with a minimum joining age of 16 years and an upper age limit of 65 years. Civil Defence is divided into a number of different services comprising Rescue, Auxiliary Fire Service, Casualty and Welfare. Training in these units, which are very well equipped, is undertaken on a weekly basis. There is also a River, Lake and Coastal Search and Recovery Unit.

Specially trained instructors, who are themselves members of Civil Defence and qualified as instructors on special courses at the Civil Defence school in Dublin, undertake training of volunteers. 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 the event.

Assistance is also provided by Civil Defence in the event of emergencies e.g. search parties for missing persons. Civil Defence acts as a support service to frontline emergency services such as Gardai, Fire Service and the Health Executive. Civil Defence has its own specific role to play in the major accident/emergency plan and has its own “call-out” procedure, fully equipped vehicles and its own radio frequencies.

Over the past 50 years Cork City Civil Defence has operated as a second line response to the Front Line emergency service and also has a long history of community support. Cork City Civil Defence is also involved with the Cork Joint Major Emergency Planning Group, an inter-agency (Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Gardai and the Health Executive) plan which details the special arrangements in the case of a major accident or emergency within Cork City and County.

The International Civil Defence badge is worn by all members of Civil Defence and symbolises their part in a worldwide volunteer network.


Services

Training in Civil Defence is divided in to several areas as follows:

  • First Aid
  • Search & Rescue
  • Boating Techniques
  • Radiation Monitoring
  • Radio Communications
  • Welfare Provision
  • Fire Fighting 

Anyone between the ages of 16 and 65 years can join Civil Defence. Our training facility is located on the North Ring Road, Ballyvolane and is adjacent to the Fire Brigade Sub-station. 


Recruitment Information

Cork City Civil Defence recruitment for 2017 is now closed.

The next recruitment process will commence in December 2017.

Civil Defence training for new members takes place over a 16 week period during which time each person undertakes basic training in all aspects of Civil Defence.

Any queries may be addressed to civildefence@corkcity.ie or at 021 4288 400.

Please note: You must be 18 years of age at time of application to join Civil Defence.