Sunday 18th November 2018 saw the members of Wexford Civil Defence stage their county training day at their headquarters in Ardcavan Business Park Wexford. More than 60 Volunteers from Wexford, New Ross and Gorey took part.
The theme for the day was back to “Basics”, looking at the quality of the work opposed to the quantity, with four separate scenarios on the day to challenge the skills of the volunteers:
- First Aid with multiple casualties
- Search Skills for missing persons
- Auxiliary Fire Service with a pump relay
- Ambulance policy and procedures.
The Civil Defence Welfare Service provided food for the volunteers, casualties and Instructors throughout the day.
The day concluded with the Annual Presentation Dinner in the Riverbank Hotel. Guest speakers on the evening included Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council Councillor Keith Doyle, Director of Services Mr. John Carley and Civil Defence College Principal Ms. Róisín McGuire, while representatives from Wexford County Council Fire Services, Wexford Marine Watch, Wexford RNLI, and Wexford Order of Malta also attended. Apologies for inability to attend the Awards Ceremony were received from Minister Paul Kehoe TD, Chief Executive of Wexford County Council, Tom Enright, and the Council’s Chief Fire Officer Paul L’Estrange
Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council Councillor. Keith Doyle thanked all Wexford Civil Defence volunteers for their help and support during Storm Emma and congratulated them on their continuing and valued contribution to the people of County Wexford during the year through their attendance at dozens of community events and other exercises.
A number of volunteers were presented with Long Service Medals for 30 years and 10 years of service and certificates for courses completed during the year were also presented. Patricia Power, New Ross Unit and Breeda Conroy, Wexford Welfare Unit were awarded 30-year service medals while 10- Year Service Medals were presented to Stephen Boland, Gorey Unit, Patrick Murphy, Wexford Unit, Fergus Gallagher, Wexford Unit.
The volunteers from the county made a presentation to newly-appointed Civil Defence Officer Peter O’Connor to mark his promotion – the presentation consisted of a group photo and a bouquet of flowers to his wife Pamela.
Wexford County Council’s Crisis Management Team met earlier today to review preparedness for Storm Callum. The meeting was attended by senior staff of the Council and also by representatives of an Garda Siochana.
A range of public safety issues were discussed, including flooding, road maintenance, water services, shelter for vulnerable and homeless persons, safety of piers, harbous and coastal areas, electricity supply issues, and public information.
Wexford County Council has considerable experience in managing severe weather events and we wish to assure the public that we taking all steps necessary to ensure public safety and minimise disruption during this severe weather event. Our preparations include:
• erection of flood defence barriers in Wexford, New Ross, Arthurstown and Ballyhack
• filling and stockpiling of 5000 sandbags for use if required
• civil defence – personnel and equipment placed on standby
• continuous cleaning of gullies and shores to minimise local flooding
• additional call centre staff on standby to deal with emergency calls
• fire services and local emergency crews placed on standby
• provision of additional beds at Ozanam House, Wexford, to accommodate persons currently “sleeping rough”
• contact with ESB Networks in the interest of continuity of electricity supply to key public infrastructure
Storm Callum and the associated Orange Weather warning is a significant weather event and members of the public should not be complacent in their preparations for the storm, with the most severe weather forecasted to pass through Wexford between 10am tonight and 9am tomorrow.
As the storm approaches, Wexford County Council offers the following key public information messages
• Avoid unnecessary travel, especially at the height of the storm
• If you must travel, exercise extreme caution – expect the unexpected – especially localised flooding, falling/fallen debris and on-coming vehicles veering across the road
• Stay away from the coast and from exposed piers, harbours and cliffs during the storm Do not risk your own life or the lives of the emergency services who may have to attempt to rescue you, by visiting these areas
For more updates see @Wexfordcoco (Twitter), visit our website www.wexfordcoco.ieand stay tuned to TV and local radio.
Remember, if you wish to report an emergency to Wexford County Council you can do so as follows:
• Telephone us during office hours – 053 91 96000
• Telephone our Out-of-Hours Emergency Line 1890 666777
• Email us – firstname.lastname@example.org