Volunteer with Civil Defence

Civil Defence volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds. Any adult can apply to become a member. Volunteers are taught a wide range of skills such as first aid, searching for missing people, boating skills, pumping flood waters and radio communications. 

Volunteers are expected to attend for training for 2 hours per week and then to make themselves available for duties such as providing first aid cover at sporting events. Volunteers may be called out at short notice to deal with bad weather, to search for missing people or to help with other emergencies. 

What volunteers get from Civil Defence:

  • Training at a very high standard and independently certified by bodies such as Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) and the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC). These qualifications may be useful in your career. 
  • Personal development from being involved in a wide range of activities which develop personal skills. 
  • Friendships by working with other volunteers and meeting new people. 
  • Giving something back by helping your community, often in times of great need. 
  • Uniforms and equipment are all provided. 

Find out more about becoming a Civil Defence volunteer.