Volunteers from Wexford Civil Defence attended a Search Skills Exercise in Carrigbyrne on Sunday. We had volunteers from Enniscorthy, Gorey, New Ross and Wexford Units. Volunteers were introduced to the new Search Responders course searching techniques, Communications vehicle and procedures to take into consideration for a possible crime scene. Thanks to all the volunteers and Instructors for attending.
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 – email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.