Clarity called for on future role of Civil Defence

A number of festivals and sporting events taking place later this year across the north west could be in doubt if the current situation over the level of medical care that Civil Defence volunteers can provide is not sorted out.

That’s according to independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice.

The level of medical care currently provided by Civil Defence volunteers could be downgraded if the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) does not renew its approval after the 31st of July this year.

The situation has arisen after additional measures introduced by the PHECC has led to confusion around operational control due to the unique make-up of the Civil Defence, which could lead to the organisation’s approval not being renewed.

Deputy Fitzmaurice says if a solution is not found in order for the PHECC to renew the Civil Defence’s approval beyond July, the services volunteers currently provide will be greatly reduced.