Date Published : March 12th, 2017 Published By : adminThe first Civil Defence regional exercise was held in Tralee, Co. Kerry this weekend, hosted by Kerry Civil Defence.
Civil Defence teams from Limerick, Cork South, Cork West and Cork North travelled to the kingdom for the day long exercise. Kerry Civil Defence Officer Tom Brosnan and his team have been planning the regional exercise for the past few months.
Volunteers were put through various tasks and tests to display their sills in treating casualties, first aid, search and rescue, radio communications, fire and flood response. There is also a fun element to the exercise which encourages team building and leadership skills.
Paul Baynam, Operations Commander with Kerry Civil Defence said ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for members of different units and sections to integrate and be part of a team working through several difference scenarios which volunteers could be potentially responding to’.
Photo: Courtesy (Civil Defence Ireland)
Cork West were overall winners
Cork West were crowned overall winners in the Southern Region and Cork South won the 'Dress & Drill' competition.
Cork South won the 'Dress & Drill' competition
Kerry Civil Defence is also hosting a dinner for the participants at the Manor West Hotel last night which was attended by Kerry County Council Director of Services John Breen, Director General of the Civil Defence Stephen Hall and Secretary General of the Department of Defence Robert Mooney.
Pic: Limerick AFS Team Photo: (Limerick Civil Defence)
Kerry CDO Tom Brosnan thanked all the teams for participating and he also thanked and acknowledged the level of work and engagement by his own volunteers in Kerry in preparation for the regional exercise.
The next regional competitions planned are (i) the Eastern region on April 1st hosted by Kildare Civil Defence and (ii) the Mid West Regional hosted by Limerick Civil Defence on April 22nd.