Carlow wins regional Civil Defence exercise in Wexford

Date Published : March 27th, 2017    Published By : admin

The Sunny South East lived up to its reputation with glorious sunshine as Wexford County Council hosted the regional Civil Defence exercise on Saturday last.

Report by Wexford Civil Defence
Curracloe, Co Wexford provided for an idyllic
venue for the Civil Defence Regional competition. Teams from Carlow, Dublin, Cork South and Waterford joined Wexford’s Civil Defence team in several gruelling exercises throughout the day, designed to test each team’s abilities to respond to staged incidents involving multiple casualties.

Elements of Saturday’s competition included foot drill, missing person search, communication and two casualties & first aid scenarios with team members challenged to manage the accident scene, treat and rescue casualties and triage casualties for transport.

The missing persons search competition tested the team’s capabilities in the challenging but the ideal environment of the Raven Forest with two missing casualties to be located. Teams were required to plan the search, deploy search teams and set up a communications system to manage the search teams.

960 Civil Defence exercise Wexford
Photo: (Civil Defence Ireland)

Wexford Civil Defence volunteers provided personnel and equipment to run the day’s events, with their hard-working welfare team providing food and refreshments for over 120 people on the day. Food was prepared at their Headquarters at Ardcavan and was served onsite from the mobile catering units. The Defence Forces provided tents for registration and food serving.

The day’s activities were followed by a prize giving ceremony and dinner at the Ferrycarrig Hotel, Wexford. Among those attending was Paul Kehoe TD, Minister with responsibility for Defence, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council Cllr Paddy Kavanagh, Mayor of Wexford Cllr Frank Staples, Director of Services John Carley. The Department of Defence was represented by Stephen Hall while the Civil Defence College was represented by Róisín McGuire and other staff members.


Team A Carlow - Winners - Ferrycarrig Hotel
Winners: Team A Carlow
Photo: (Civil Defence Ireland)

Carlow Civil Defence were winners in the combined services element and Waterford Civil Defence were victorious in the foot drill element.

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