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This afternoon Laois Civil Defence were activated by Mountain Rescue and the National Ambulance Service (NAS) to assist an injured male in the Glenbarrow area of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Three resources responded to the call and located the patient shortly afterwards. The patients injuries were treated by Civil Defence Paramedics & EMTs before being transported to the Midlands Regional Hospital Tullamore. We wish the patient a speedy recovery and would like to remind visitors to the mountain areas to keep vehicle access paths clear at all times for emergency vehicles. ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago  ·  

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Earlier today Laois Civil Defence responded to a callout in the Slieve Bloom Mountains to assist the National Ambulance Service (NAS) with an injured patient. A multi-team stretcher carry was undertaken by members of South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association, Laois County Fire & Rescue Service and Laois Civil Defence in order to transport the casualty down off the hill to a waiting ambulance. Well done to all agencies involved. We wish the casualty a speedy recovery. ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago  ·  

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This afternoon Laois Civil Defence received a request to assist two lost walkers in the Slieve Bloom Mountains. The missing persons were located on the mountain a short time later using our mobile phone trace system and brought back down to safety. ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago  ·  

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This evening some of our volunteers are taking part in the first of a series of training sessions on radio operations. To keep within COVID-19 precautions this training is being delivered remotely. ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago  ·  

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A week long search operation in Co.Kildare concluded thisevening after an intensive search of the area by Gardai and 80 Civil Defence volunteers from Kildare, Laois, Dublin, Kilkenny and Waterford. We would like to offer our condolences to family and friends of the missing person. ... See MoreSee Less

5 months ago  ·  

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Laois Civil Defence teams continuing to provide assistance this week to Kildare Civil Defence and Gardai alongside units from Dublin CD in an ongoing missing person search operation in Co.Kildare. ... See MoreSee Less

5 months ago  ·  

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Our thoughts and prayers are with James Mc Connell, Civil Defence Officer, Dublin on the passing of his wife Jean.https://www.facebook.com/620893134597637/posts/3820875337932718/It is with great sadness that I inform you that Jean Ahearne a well loved and respected member of the Red Cross has died this morning after a short illness. Our sincere condolences are extended to James and the entire Mc Connell Family. Jean was a much loved member of the Irish Red Cross, her amazing smile and soft spoken voice always brought smiles and love to everyone she met. May she Rest in Peace. ... See MoreSee Less

6 months ago  ·  

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6 months ago  ·  

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Over the past number months Laois CD volunteers have provided assistance to the Irish Blood Transfusion Service on their Laois clinics. We would like to thank them for this beautiful piece of art which they sent us recently in recognition of our volunteers work. ... See MoreSee Less

7 months ago  ·  

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We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Pat O'Brien Advanced Paramedic with the National Ambulance Service and Waterford Civil Defence. May he rest in peace ... See MoreSee Less

7 months ago  ·  

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Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas from the all at Laois Civil Defence ... See MoreSee Less

7 months ago  ·  

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Laois Civil Defence members joined colleagues from units across the country thisevening in lighting a candle in their homes in memory of Civil Defence members who have sadly passed away. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of deceased members across the country and especially our own Nicola Dollard who passed away last year.May they rest in peace. ... See MoreSee Less

8 months ago  ·  

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Part of our fleet received a fresh upgrade today of rear reflective chevrons to increase safety and visibility when on duty. Thanks to Esmark Finch for an excellent job! ... See MoreSee Less

8 months ago  ·  

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This afternoon Laois Civil Defence, South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association and Garda Síochána Laois Offaly were tasked to assist the National Ambulance Service (NAS) with a patient at the Monicknew area of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. A Great interagency cooperation by all agencies involved. ... See MoreSee Less

8 months ago  ·  

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We would like to congratulate to 4 of our volunteers who received promotions within the service yesterday. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 restrictions we have been unable to have any official events for the volunteers this year. Promoted to the rank of 3rd Officer - Ms. Gwen RedmondPromoted to the rank of Team Leader - Mr. Michael YorkPromoted to the rank of Assistant Team Leader - Ms. Shannon Reid Promoted to the rank of Assistant Team Leader - Mr. Cailean O'KeeffeWe would like to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers who continue to provide many hours of assistance each week to our communities and public services. ... See MoreSee Less

9 months ago  ·  

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It is with a deep sense of shock and sadness that we learned this morning of the sudden and unexpected passing of Susannah (Susie) Dunne, a volunteer and EMT in Meath Civil Defence.Our thoughts and prayers are with her son Chris who is also a member of the Kells unit and her wider family. May Susie Rest in Peace ... See MoreSee Less

9 months ago  ·  

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Congratulations to 10 of our volunteers who completed their PHECC First Aid Responder examinations today. A big thanks to their instructor Colin and the other members of Laois CD who assisted these two classes with their course. Well done to all! ... See MoreSee Less

11 months ago  ·  

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Another batch of COVID-19 samples safely delivered this evening to the testing laboratory for HSE Ireland. We have volunteers giving up their time each day to assist public health agencies manage the COVID crisis. Together we can all help make a difference #Washyourhands ... See MoreSee Less

11 months ago  ·  

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Day 5 today for Laois Civil Defence volunteers assiting at the COVID-19 pop up test site in Portlaoise. ... See MoreSee Less

12 months ago  ·  

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Back again for day 3 of the pop up COVID-19 test centre in Portlaoise where we have members assisting the National Ambulance Service. ... See MoreSee Less

12 months ago  ·  

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Laois Civil Defence members back on site in Portlaoise today assisting the National Ambulance Service (NAS) with the COVID-19 pop up test centre. ... See MoreSee Less

12 months ago  ·  

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Members of Laois Civil Defence assisting the National Ambulance Service (NAS) this weekend with the pop up COVID-19 test centre in Portlaoise. ... See MoreSee Less

12 months ago  ·  

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Laois Civil Defence received a call out at 15:03 this afternoon for 2 missing persons in the Slieve Bloom Moutains. 3 teams were dispatched and utilising our mobile phone tracking system the missing people were located safely at 16:06. ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago  ·  

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Civil Defence: COVID-19 Response Press Release July 17, 2020Civil Defence has provided a 120-day sustained response to the COVID-19 pandemic (17th March – 14th July), assisting the Principal Response Agencies and their communities through a wide range of taskings.A total of 29,516 volunteer hours have been provided by 878 different Civil Defence volunteers.A total of 3,680 individual taskings have been undertaken in support to the Principal Response Agencies.A daily average of 59 Civil Defence volunteers have provided a daily average of 246 volunteer hours.A fleet of over 200 Civil Defence Vehicles have been utilised.A big thank you to all Civil Defence Volunteers who have provided their time and talents during this period. A big thank you also to all Civil Defence Officers, Assistant Civil Defence Officers and Temporary Assistant Civil Defence Officers for their professionalism and input during such a sustained period of activity for the organisation.In the weeks and months ahead, it is important that we all individually continue to comply with the Government guidelines around handwashing, cough etiquette, social distancing and wearing of face masks to protect ourselves, our families and our communities.At this point, it is the intention of Civil Defence Branch to recommence central training in September. That will of course depend on the COVID-19 situation pertaining at that time.Also for your information on 17 July 2020, the Department of Defence on behalf of the Civil Defence organisation lodged the Civil Defence Governance Validation Framework (GVF) application with PHECC. This will ensure that Civil Defence’s PHECC licence will be renewed again for a further year on 31 August 2020.Once again thank your and keep safe.Regards,David BuckleyCivil Defence Branch. ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago  ·  

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1 years ago  ·  

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Friday evening Laois Civil Defence Paramedics, EMTs and responders were tasked to assist the Ambulance Service with the treatment and extrication of an injured walker in the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Teams received the call for assistance at 18:20 and 11 members responded to the call on scene at 19:07. ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago  ·  

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Another collection completed today from the Food Cloud Hub in Galway to be distributed to disadvantaged families in Laois. ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago  ·  

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Today 3 of our members joined the Rescue Organisation Ireland Frontline to Finishline walk in aid of ALONE and Pieta House alongside members of Laois County Fire & Rescue Service, Carlow County Fire & Rescue Service, National Ambulance Service (NAS) and Order of Malta Carlow. The walk continues until the 27th June. Please click below to show your support. https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/11385555_rescue-organisation-ireland-frontline-to-finishline.html ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago  ·  

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Kilkenny Civil Defence handing over to ourselves and Laois County Fire & Rescue Service on the Laois to Carlow leg of the ROI charity walk for ALONE and Pieta House. ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago  ·  

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Tragic news this morning of the death of a member of An Garda Síochána in Co.Roscommon. Our thoughts are with his Family, friends and colleagues. May he Rest in Peace. ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago  ·  

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A reminder that the Laois County Council COVID-19 Community help line is still active to assist people. Our volunteers continue to provide assistance to people on a daily basis who request help through this service.We are here 9AM to 5PM Monday to Saturday to help those who are vulnerable or cocooning and require help accessing essential servicesCall us at freephone 1800 832 010or send us an email at covidsupport@laoiscoco.ieVisit us at https://laois.ie/covid-19-community-support-response-page ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago  ·  

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Rathdowney fire station crew are working away at a 1000km walk / jog in aid of Pieta House. You can contribute athttps://give.everydayhero.com/ie/rathdowney-fire-crewGarda Helen Tierney, Rathdowney Garda Station with our Emergency Service partners in Rathdowney Fire Service.They are currently doing a 1000km walk/jog for the month of June and their final kilometers will be done by doing a pump push. This is in order to support the work of Pieta House. https://give.everydayhero.com/ie/rathdowney-fire-service-1000km-june-2020 ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago  ·  

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1 years ago  ·  

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The Laois CD ladies decided to have a virtual get together via TikTok to bring some humour to the group during the busy times in this Pandemic. Well done Ladies (And Colin) 😂👍👍 #Volunteers ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago  ·  

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Members of Civil Defence pictured today delivering the first batch of scrubs produced by ICA members across the county to Nursing Managment at The Midlands Regional Hospital and St Fintans Hospital Portlaoise. Civil Defence volunteers provided the logistics under the coordination of Anne Payne President of Laois ICA. ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago  ·  

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We have numerous teams out today continuing scrub kit deliveries and COVID19 swab test transfers for the HSE as well as a crew travelling to Galway for this weeks FoodCloud Hub supplies. ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago  ·  

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Members out today delivering kits to ICA volunteers across the county who are sewing scrubs for staff of the Midlands Regional Hospital and St Fintans Hospital Portlaoise. ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago  ·  

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Some of our EMT's took part in a training session this morning to refresh on skills and techniques required for managing various medical emergencies on patients with suspected COVID-19. ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago  ·  

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Delivering of donations today from Banks Salon to the Midlands Regional Hospital and St Fintans Hospital Portlaoise ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago  ·  

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Volunteers collecting the Laois community supplies from the Food Cloud Hub in Galway today. ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago  ·  

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Crews out this evening continuing our daily run of COVID-19 test samples to the laboratory for the HSE. ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago  ·  

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Volunteers out again today delivering food parcels to families. ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago  ·  

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