Pre­sen­ta­tion at Bray Town Hall for 17 vol­un­teers

Bray People - - News -

A SPE­CIAL pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony has held at Bray Town Hall re­cently to hon­our the seven­teen Com­mu­nity Vol­un­teers who par­tic­i­pated in a Civil De­fence de­vised train­ing course.

The pur­pose of the course was to equip them to as­sist in their com­mu­nity in the event of se­ri­ous flood­ing of the River Dar­gle.

‘This is about help­ing peo­ple to help them­selves,’ said Bill Downes, Civil De­fence Of­fi­cer.

‘Th­ese vol­un­teers know their neigh­bours and know their com­mu­nity and are best placed to help in the event of a se­ri­ous emer­gency.’

The vol­un­teers, should they be called upon, have been is­sued with a spe­cial iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and a small kit bag con­tain­ing a high vis­i­bil­ity vest, safety hel­met, and other emer­gency ma­te­ri­als.

The cer­e­mony was at­tended by Bill Smith, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Civil De­fence.

He com­mended Bray Town Coun­cil and the County Wick­low Civil De­fence for tak­ing this ini­tia­tive and added that he will be watch­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the scheme with in­ter­est.

‘Our next steps will be to pro­vide train­ing for Bray Town Coun­cil front line staff and to carry out an evac­u­a­tion ex­er­cise to test the plan and to iron out any wrin­kles that may oc­cur,’ said Mr. Downes.

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