While emergency support is the priority task of Civil Defence, by their nature such events are not regular. In that context, community events allow volunteers practice their skills, raise the profile of the organisation and may attract new volunteers. Volunteers enjoy and take pride in contributing to events within their own local community. Where resources permit, Civil Defence will continue to support appropriate community events. Preference will be given to local authority, charitable and not for profit events. Civil Defence support for community events can take many forms, including the provision of medical cover and safety boat cover. If Civil Defence is providing other forms of “Community Assistance”, the Local Authority should ensure that volunteers are appropriately trained.