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Civil Defence

Information on Wicklow's Civil Defence service, including details of how to join the voluntary organisation.

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Civil Defence is a volunteer-based organisation that supports front line emergency services, including the Gardai, the HSE, the Fire Service, local authorities and the Coast Guard, as well as assisting at local events in the community. The Council's Civil Defence Officer, Michael Richardson, a full-time employee, is based in Greystones. All other Civil Defence personnel are volunteers.

Volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds. They are taught a wide range of skills such as first aid, boating skills, flood response and radio communications. These skills are put to use in the services provided by Civil Defence:

  • First aid and ambulance services
  • Stewarding services
  • Providing assistance in emergency situations, ie flooding, accidents, evacuation and other emergencies
  • Missing persons searches

How to join

Any adult can apply to become a member. For enquiries on enrolment please go to the "Join" section of the Civil Defence's website, and simply select "Wicklow" as the local authority.


Wicklow Civil Defence

Phone: (0404) 67402
Fax: 0404 67294
Email: CDO@wicklowcoco.ie