Denis Naughten TD has welcomed confirmation from the Department of Defence that progress has been made in mapping out a resolution to secure the continued operation of Civil Defence ambulance and emergency cover at up to 600 local sporting and community events from August next.
“There has been a risk that the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) would not renew its approval of certain Civil Defence emergency medical operations after the 31st of July this year. This would have added considerably to the cost of running many local community and social events, putting some events off altogether, which would directly impact on our ability to develop the Irelands Hidden Heartlands Tourism brand launched by Government last year,” explained Denis Naughten.
“I now understand that the Department of Defence, the PHECC and the County Councils across the country have agreed a roadmap to resolve the licensing issue and as an interim measure the Department of Defence will be applying in the coming days for a 6 month extension of the current license to PHECC thereby allow all administrative requirements for a new license to be implemented across the Civil Defence structure”.
“Civil Defence volunteers provide a vital service throughout the Country and I now hope that this roadmap and licence extension application will provide the clarity needed for 600 community festivals nationwide” concluded Denis Naughten.
Explanation of Current Civil Defence and PHECC Issue: https://www.defence.ie/system/files/media/file-uploads/2019-05/explanation-current-civil-defence-and-phecc-issue-002.pdf