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Pieta House – Wexford – 14 Francis Street, Wexford

06 Sep

 

Visited Pieta House Wexford on 5th September to meet with Sally Griffiths of Pieta House Wexford. Pieta House Wexford is located at 14 Francis Street, Wexford directly opposite the Friary. The meeting was to highlight that Pieta House is now in Wexford and is providing suicide bereavement support and suicide and self-harm prevention services to people of all ages in the south-east. The work that Pieta House carries out is fantastic if you or anyone you know needs help they can be contacted on 053 9122787, or text HELP to 51444 or email mary@pieta.ie

Civil Defence Supporting the Principal Response Agencies at the Papal Visit

24 Aug

Civil Defence volunteers will play a major role in the Papal visit this weekend, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August. They will be involved on the ground in both the Phoenix Park and at Knock Shrine in supporting the Principal Response Agencies of the Gardaí and the National Ambulance Services.

In terms of Knock Shrine, 140 volunteers will be on duty and coordinated by Rose Doherty who is the Civil Defence Officer for Mayo. The 140 volunteers are drawn from counties Donegal, Sligo, Roscommon, Galway and Laois. While their main role will be assisting the Gardaí in terms of safety and stewarding at the event, volunteers will also be involved in supporting the National Ambulance Service. Volunteers will be on duty from Saturday night until Sunday evening.

Civil Defence will have four ambulances on duty at Knock manned by eight Emergency Medical Technicians. Civil Defence will also provide 2 four wheel drive vehicles to assist the Gardaí in safety and stewarding. Laois Civil Defence will also provide a communications vehicle using the TETRA network to ensure efficient communications between all volunteers and with the Gardaí and National Ambulance Service if required. Finally Roscommon Civil Defence will provide their Welfare unit to provide food for all volunteers on duty over the Saturday night and Sunday.

In terms of the Phoenix Park where up to 500,000 people are expected on Sunday the 26 August, overall, there will be approximately 400 Civil Defence volunteers on duty. While Dublin Civil Defence under James McConnell, the Dublin Civil Defence Officer, will be the lead for Civil Defence they will be assisted by volunteers from counties Wexford, Wicklow, Clare, Cork, Laois, Kildare, Limerick, Meath, Monaghan, Kildare, Cavan, Louth and Offaly.

Volunteers will be supporting the National Ambulance Service and the Gardaí. Civil Defence will provide a range of equipment including 11 ambulances, 9 fire appliances, 19 heavy vehicles including four wheel drives, large vans and medium size trucks and 2 minibuses for transportation and logistics. A number of volunteers will also support the Gardaí with drone capability if required. Dublin Civil Defence will also provide a communications vehicle using the TETRA network to ensure efficient communications between all volunteers and with the Gardaí and National Ambulance Service if required. Civil Defence will also have a welfare unit in operation to provide food for all volunteers on duty over the Saturday night and Sunday.

Make a Wish Children’s Charity – Team Building 35k Hike

10 May

Wexford Civil Defence presented a cheque today for € 2713.00 to the Make a Wish Children’s Charity. The money was raised from a sponsored Hike of 35k on the Wicklow Way from Marley Park to Lough Tay as part of a team building exercise. Well done to the volunteers who completed the walk and collected the money.

Thanks to our support vehicles drivers and the number one chef for providing a fantastic evening meal.

 

 

 

 

Wexford County Council – Storm Emma – Recognition Event

09 Apr

 

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. Continue Reading

Wexford Civil Defence – Storm Emma

11 Mar

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. Continue Reading

Training Day & Presentation Dinner – Sunday 19th November 2017

28 Nov

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.

Wexford Civil Defence - Recruits 2017

Wexford Civil Defence – Recruits 2017

Long Service Medals – 40 Years & 10 Year Medals

Wexford Unit

Wexford Rescue & Wexford Welfare Units

New Ross Casualty Unit

Gorey and Ballygarrett – Casualty Units

Relay for Life Wexford

02 Aug

Relay for Life Wexford

Saturday 29th July – Sunday 30th July 2017

Wexford Civil Defence provided medical cover for the 24 hour Relay for Life in Wexford. Units from Gorey, New Ross and Wexford covered the event in shifts. The event started at 2pm on Saturday 29th July and finished at 2pm on Sunday 30th July. A total of 16 volunteers provided cover with 3 ambulances.

Relay for Life is a great event to be involved in, great community spirit and the organising committee ensured the event ran without any hitches. Thanks also to the committee for their kind words of thanks

Thank you Wexford Civil Defence for watching over everyone at Relay For Life Wexford. It was a long 24 hours, but you made sure we stayed safe and healthy throughout! I even saw some of you take a lap around the track as well, which just makes you guys even more amazing! A million times thank you for everything you guys do for County Wexford & for us at Relay.

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Wexford Civil Defence – Wexford Maritime Festival 2017

03 Jul

Wexford Civil Defence took part in the Wexford Maritime Festival on Wexford Quays from Saturday 1st July to Sunday 2nd July. 31 Volunteers over the two days provided medical and communications cover for the event. As part of the festival we also had a display consisting of vehicles, equipment, drones and boats. Showcasing the equipment and vehicles we use to provide services to the community. We had a number of expressions on Interest in joining the organisation.

The Fire appliance proved very popular with the children for photo opportunities and a chance to try on helmets and fire gear. The drones proved popular for children and the adults alike, with great interest in how we use them. Minister Paul Kehoe dropped in during the day to add his support and have a look the vehicles, equipment and drones.

Thanks again to all the members of the public who dropped by to say hello to our volunteers and take interest in the equipment and vehicles we use.

 

 

 

 

 

Photos Courtesy Malcolm McGrath