Letter from Garda re Storm Emma
Wexford County Council hosted a South East Radio Outside Broadcast live from County Hall, Carricklawn, Wexford on Monday 9th April 2018.
The event recognised the outstanding response of County Wexford to the recent challenges of Storm Emma and is a welcome opportunity for Wexford County Council to say Thank You to those who contributed in such a generous and effective manner to the overall response to this extreme weather event. Wexford Civil Defence and other voluntary organisations were invited along to take part in the broadcast which afforded us the opportunity to highlight the work we completed during Storm Emma, and to thank all the volunteers from Wexford Civil Defence who helped out during the extreme weather conditions.
Wexford Civil Defence would like to thank anyone who helped us out with transportation of patients, particularly the farming community who came to our aid on a number occasions to get vehicles our of snow drifts, Tipperary and Laois Civil Defence units who sent down 4 x 4 jeeps and volunteers to help us respond to calls.
The event as also attended by Minister Paul Kehoe, the Defence Forces, An Garda Siochana, HSE, Fire Service, Red Cross and other community groups.
Wexford Civil Defence was represented by Peter O’Connor, Acting Civil Defence Officer, Liam Healy, Ciaran Fitzpatrick and Celestine Swords.
Wexford Civil Defence deployed 4×4 Jeeps to Wexford, Enniscorthy, Gorey and New Ross on Wednesday 28th February 2018 in preparation for Storm Emma. We also supplied beds and blankets to Wexford County Council to establish a homless shelter in Enniscorthy Presentation Centre.
We continued to supply support to Wexford County Council, HSE, and NAS from Thursday 1st March right through to Tuesday 6th March when we took our last call. Wexford Civil Defence were also supported by 4×4 Teams and EMT’s from Tipperary and Laois on 4th & 5th March.
During Storm Emma we provided help in the transport of essential Wexford County Council Staff, HSE Staff and Nurses, patient transport for dialysis, the furthest being from Gorey to St. Vincent’s in Dublin. Patient transport to Wexford General Hospital from around the County. We provided welfare checks to some cut-off persons to ensure they had food and heat, or basically just to say “Hello”, and ensure that they were ok.
Wexford Civil Defence would like to thank everyone who helped us get around in the extremely difficult conditions, to members of the public who stopped to help us clear snow from a drive while moving patients from their home to vehicles for transport.
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Wexford Civil Defence held our county training day on Sunday 19th November 2017. Volunteers from Gorey, New Ross, Ballygarrett and Wexford took part in a multiple skills training day on Forth Mountain and Carrigfoyle Quarry. Skills tested on the day included AFS (Auxiliary Fire Service), Search Skills using GPS radios and a casualty trauma site.
The Wexford Welfare Unit provided the food for the day and served up a nice dinner from their catering trailer on the mountain. The training day was followed by our presentation dinner hosted in the Riverbank Hotel.
The dinner was attended by Minister Paul Kehoe, TD., Chathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Cllr John Hegarty, Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District, Cllr Keith Doyle, Mayor of Wexford, Cllr Jim Moore, CEO of Wexford County Council, Mr. Tom Enright, Director of Services, Mr John Carley, Emer Dalton Principal Officer Department of Defence and Chief Superintendent John Roche.
Volunteers were presented with their 1916 Commemoration Medal by Minster Paul Kehoe, TD., Certificates of courses were also presented to volunteers for courses completed during the year.