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Galway Civil Defence

We support the frontline emergency services in dealing with severe weather, flooding, major accidents, fire fighting and searching for missing people.

First Aid

Civil Defence is a recognised training institute by the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC), volunteers are certified from Cardiac First Response (CFR) to Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) through Civil Defence.

Search & Rescue

Missing person searches are one of the most regular call-outs for Civil Defence volunteers who work in support of An Garda Síochana and / or the Irish Coast Guard. We utilise a wide array of technology to help us conduct searches including Drones, Rescue Boats, Sonar Systems, K9 units, Radio Tracking, SMS Location tools and a tailored Search Management software package


Civil Defence operates a number of radio communications systems.

V.H.F (Very High Frequency)
U.H.F (Ultra High Frequency)
TETRA digital radio terminals which provide inter-communication with the primary response agencies, such as the Gardai, HSE, Coast Guard and the Fire Services.
Marine V.H.F. radio enables communications with the Coast Guard and the various coastal and harbour radio stations.

If you want to be part of a dynamic team, trained for the unexpected. Then join us now.

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