Tuesday 18th June, 2019
Press Statement by Hildegarde Naughton TD
Fine Gael, Galway West and South Mayo
Naughton welcomes new emergency vehicle for Galway Civil Defence
New four-wheel drive jeeps, including one for Galway, that have the capacity to respond to national emergencies and extreme weather events will be added to the Civil Defence fleet.
16 Ford Ranger Crewcab Pickup Vehicles will be joining the fleet in the coming weeks.
The purchase of vehicles was approved by Minister Kehoe this week, as part of a €500,000 allocation from the Dormant Accounts fund of the Department of Community and Rural Development.
“I am delighted to note that Galway Civil Defence have been allocated a new vehicle to add to their fleet. The volunteers in the civil defence do enormous work, often in perilous conditions, and need and deserve appropriate equipment,” the local TD commented.
“The vehicles will improve the four-wheel capability of the Civil Defence fleet and further improve its ability to support the Principal Response Agencies. During serious weather events, such as Storm Ophelia in October 2017 and Storm Emma in March 2018, the Civil Defence fleet of four-wheel drive vehicles were fully deployed. Civil Defence Volunteers we involved in carrying out a variety of tasks; assisting local authorities, the HSE, the National Ambulance Service and An Garda Síochána. In several incidents, Civil Defence volunteers were involved in assisting vulnerable people including elderly who found themselves snowed in,” Deputy Naughton added.
“This new vehicle will add to the capacity of the Galway Civil Defence Unit and I very much look forward to further investment in this vital service”