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70th anniversary of Civil Defence marked at relocation of HQ next week

Fri, 06 Dec 2019

Modern, purpose-built headquarters providing a new home for the Island’s Civil Defence in its 70th year of operation will be showcased at a special opening ceremony next week.  
The base brings all Civil Defence vehicles, equipment and training facilities under one roof, in a bespoke warehouse next to the Department of Home Affairs HQ in Tromode. 
It will be officially opened by Home Affairs Minister Bill Malarkey MHK on Wednesday 11th December at 7pm.
A plaque to mark the occasion will be unveiled by Minister Malarkey, who will be joined by DHA Chief Executive Dan Davies, Chief Constable Gary Roberts, Civil Defence volunteers and staff involved in the development. 
The new integrated facility will mean swifter and more efficient deployment of Civil Defence teams, as all resources are now centralised, including large trailers previously kept at a separate location. 
Civil Defence is part of the Island’s emergency planning capability, available to assist the emergency services on demand.
Its teams are volunteers from different walks of life who train together weekly in skills and tactics needed to respond to serious incidents, whether natural or man-made.
In October this year, Civil Defence teams assisted people affected by the flooding in Laxey, providing sandbags and pumping equipment and setting up a community rest centre. 
Minister Malarkey said: ’I’m delighted to see our vital Civil Defence operation relocated to Tromode in a new HQ which will see the team well into the future. The spacious site and new premises offer excellent opportunities for developing the skills of up to 50 motivated volunteers and ensuring they are ready to deploy when the Island needs them. 
‘Civil Defence provides a vital service to the Island community year-round and deserves the best facility we can provide. The opening marks the start of a new chapter for the organisation which is as committed to serving the public now as when it was established 70 years ago.’         


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