Dinner attended by Minister Paul Kehoe, TD., Chathaoirleach, Cllr. Michael Sheehan, Director of Services, Mr. John Carley, Mr. David Buckley , PrincipalOfficer, Civil Defence College, Superintendent James Doyle, Mr. Anthony Byrne, National Ambulance Service, Wexford RNLI, Commdt. David O’Grady, Wexford Order of Malta, Civil Defence Volunteers and Invited guests.
Long service medals were presented to
40 Year Service Medals
- Mr. Liam Healy, Wexford Unit.
- Mr. Peter Earle, Ballygarrett Unit.
- Mr. Donal Wafer, Ballygarrett Unit.
30 Year Service Medals
- Mr. Noel Stacey, Wexford Unit
20 Year Service Medals
- Anne Browne, Wexford Unit,
10 Year Service Medals
- Mr. Conor Barry, Wexford Unit,
- Walter Kent, New Ross Unit,
Certificate of Commendation presented
On the 9th of October, while returning home from training, volunteers came across a very distressed person attempting to jump from Wexford bridge. The volunteers engaged with that person and managed to bring the individual to safety and summon the emergency services. The volunteers remained with the individual until the emergency services arrived and took him into care.
Over 60 volunteers from around the county received Certificates for
First Aid, Radio Communications, Swift Water Training, Welfare Training and Severe Weather Offroad Driving,
Mr Matt Crispin, FAR Instructor, I would like to ask Mr,.David Buckley to present his Second Officer Bars.
During the year we have worked on a number of projects with the Civil Defence College who provided additional funding to complete the purchase of
1 x Ford Ranger
3 x Lifepac CR2, New Ross, Gory and Wexford
2 x Bay Vehicle Garage in Gorey
Total additional Funding to Wexford Civil Defence was €57,000. I would like to thank Minister Kehoe for the allocation of the New Ford Ranger to Wexford, and the announcement of a further €1m into additional funding for Civil Defence. I would also like to thank the Principal Officer, Mr David Buckley, for the additional funding.I look forward to working on other projects with the College into the future.
Courses – Events
2019 was an extremely busy year for Wexford Civil Defence. We provided 65 local training courses to include:
CFR, Community, Employee and Volunteer courses
Driving Assessments, MH & PH, Water Responder and 1 x EMT Upskilling Course
We had a number of Instructors back to the Civil Defence College during the year for re-certification in:
- EFR, CFR and FAR Instructor
- Clinical Audit
During 2019 we had 35 applications for membership; we now have 20 new recruits in training with the Enniscorthy unit,5 in the New Ross and Wexford units. I would like to welcome the new recruits into Civil Defence and wish them well with their training.
2020 we will focus on re-establishing a unit in the Ballygarret area. We will work with the existing long-serving volunteers to recruit into the unit.
Mr John Carley, Director of Services will retire in December 2019; John became Director with responsibility for Civil Defence in July 2014. John has always supported Wexford Civil Defence with the improvements in the service in Wexford. I have worked closely with John on a number of projects since 2016 to include
Annual Budget increase,
He supported the doubling of the capital allocation for a New HQ,
Provision of garaging for vehicles in Enniscorthy, where we now have two vehicles based.
Provision of new garage facilities in Gorey, two further vehicles will be based in Gorey.
John also established a project to look at the provision of a new Headquarters for Wexford. He provided the resources to produce plans for a new building and pricing. We have looked at several options from a new build to purchase a building. Unfortunately, due to circumstances outside of his control, we could not proceed this time. However, the project remains alive. I would ask all involved to keep John’s project moving and provide a much needed permanent home for Wexford Civil Defence.
Minister for Defence Paul Kehoe, T.D. was at Wexford County Council Headquarterson Friday last 11 October where he presented the keys of a brand new jeep to Wexford Civil Defence. The €34,000 4 x wheel drive Ford Ranger Crew-Cab was specifically selected for its capacity to deal with the often challenging conditions faced by Civil Defence crews as they assist in the response to national emergencies and severe weather events.
The jeep is part of a major upgrade of the national Civil Defence fleet which has seen the provision of 16 such jeeps to Civil Defence crews in Cavan, Clare, Cork West, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Sligo and Wexford. The funding was provided by a €500,000 allocation from the Government’s Dormant Accounts fund.
The business case for the vehicle upgrade made to the Department of Community and Rural Development was based on the fact that many of the activities carried out by Civil Defence during the recent severe weather events took place in rural, isolated areas and/or in disadvantaged areas of the large urban centres, with prioritisation of allocation of new vehicles focused on local authorities covering these areas.
During Storm Ophelia in October 2017 and Storm Emma in March 2018, the Wexford Civil Defence fleet of four-wheel drive vehicles was utilised in carrying out a variety of tasks, such as assisting local authorities, the HSE and the National Ambulance Service and An Garda Síochána.. During the highly adverse weather conditions of Storm Emma, Civil Defence volunteers assisted dozens of vulnerable people throughout the county who found themselves snowed in. They were also involved in transporting patients and carers, evacuating people from their homes and delivering meals.
Wexford Civil Defence Officer Peter O’Connor welcomed the allocation of the new jeep to Wexford. “This much-needed 4-wheel drive jeep will be a highly valuable resource for Wexford Civil Defence in times of emergency as our crews work to keep people safe” said Peter. “Its provision is also an important acknowledgement of the work of our volunteers and their ongoing commitment to Civil Defence” he added.
Wexford County Council Civil Defence currently has 136 active Volunteers, of which 34 were recruited in 2019, while a new unit was also established in Enniscorthy in 2019. The Wexford Civil Defence vehicle fleet consists of eight 4x4s, four ambulances – one based in each of the four main towns – together with two minibuses and one Incident Control Vehicle.
In 2018 Wexford Civil Defence provided assistance to more than 100 community events throughout County Wexford, while the work of its volunteer crews during Wexford’s coordinated response to Storm Emma and Storm Ophelia earlier that year has been locally and nationally recognised and applauded. Civil Defence volunteers are highly trained and provide valuable assistance to the Principal Response Agencies (local authorities, an Garda Siochána, HSE and Ambulance Services) during times of emergency. New volunteers are always welcome. If you would like to consider joining Wexford Civil Defence, contact email@example.com for more information.